I know what you’re thinking…”We’ve heard it before Chrissy, you’re gonna start blogging again, yeah right.” Well I am. Trying. But lately I’ve had such a desire to write again, like I haven’t in a long while. So I hope to write more often here.
Well I think its finally summer here, it has reached 70 degrees for more than 3 consecutive days. This is a first this year for us. Its crazy being from Nebraska, to live in a place where the summers rarely get above, or even reach for that matter, 80 degrees. With the weather brings WAY more tourists, not sure how many but some days it seems the population doubles, and you really feel that here in the red light. Which brings me to my first point, the tourists…
So every major city in Europe has these “free” city tours. Of course they are popular, they’re free. And free always means quality, right? Sorry, that’s sarcasm. The tours ask for tips at the end and from what I’ve heard, you get what you pay for. Tour guides make things up, long story short. I’ve overheard some even making fun of the women in the windows. The worst part of all this is that these tourists eat it all up. They believe every word these people are saying. And why shouldn’t they? Why would anyone lie for a living? Lately its been so difficult to walk through the alleys of my neighborhood, just to get to the grocery store. I have to sometimes push my way through crowds of tourists like I’m in the front row at a concert. They’re like dumb sheep, following a crooked shepherd, eyes glazed over, feasting their dumb sheep eyes on every girl in every window. They honestly kinda look like zombies. You really wouldn’t believe how many elderly people come through here, scads of them in groups. I want to ask them, what if this was your granddaughter you pervs?! Would you want some 90 year old man ogling her up and down then perhaps even raping her?
Now lets use those grey, mushy things in our head for a moment…The country of the Netherlands, the government and its citizens, are over this “come here and revel in any kind of illegal and immoral behaviour you want, we will supply everything you need!” notoriety. This reputation gets placed upon this entire country because of the “tolerant” and apathetic attitudes of many in this city and no one’s havin it anymore. Even the city government in Amsterdam is growing tired of this place being famous and drawing crowds because of drug use and prostitution. But…
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?!? Seriously? How can you expect to draw anyone but criminals and nare-do-wells to this city when your number one and two tourist attractions are prostitution and weed? Anyone else see this? What would happen if Amsterdam made weed illegal? Many locals complain the city would go under, that economically its just not possible. The weed pass did not get passed (shocker, I know) I believe because of the economic pressure the city council was feeling. I happen to believe that if weed was banned here there would be so many more tourists here who don’t come now because they are scared to be in a city where everything is ok. And what kind of tourists do you want to draw here? Do you want these thugs, pimps, traffickers, drug dealers? Are these the kind of people you want roaming your streets? Lets keep away the people that want to come here for the history and parks and museums, because the criminals can give us more money. Its definitely a spirit that has control over this city, who cares what happens to who as long as we get paid. Isn’t that what prostitution is all about?
People think prostitution is safe under regulation. If murder is regulated, would it be safe? Its like saying, lets regulate rape. That’s exactly what it is. There are all kinds of people, sadly even christians, who say, “If we make prostitution illegal, it will just go underground and the girls will be in more danger.” So lay down and die? Tell satan he’s won and go cowering home with our tails between our legs? No way. They go underground, we go underground. Yeah it sounds really scary but God doesn’t back down to the enemy, and if He’s inside of us then why should we? Legalizing any crime never makes it go away, it only gives criminals more freedom to hurt people.
All that to say, I want these tourists to get educated. I want them to know that they are not walking through some tourist attraction or “safe working environment”. They need to know its legalized rape, that most of the girls are trafficked and them walking through and taking pictures, staring and laughing is exploitation as well. During the Shine Seminar a group of students and I walked through the red light asking tourists what they know about Amsterdam and trafficking. I really thought, ok they know more than you think Chrissy. Sadly, I was very mistaken. We haven’t compiled all the data yet but I would estimate 90% of the people questioned had no idea what this neighborhood is all about. Hopefully this research will help show the city government that legalizing prostitution was a big mistake that needs to be fixed. I think they know that already though.