Where else but in Amsterdam can you find a story like this? Twins. 50 years of prostitution, and an approximate tally of 355,000 clients between them, this is a story that deserves to be blogged for just the stamina alone.
Two twin sister pensioners have decided to retire as prostitutes after half a century in the sex trade, having slept with 355,000 men between them.
Louise and Martine Fokkens, both 70, say they are finding it a ‘painful’ struggle to go on working in Amsterdam’s notorious ‘red light zone’.
They claim to be the oldest prostitutes in the Dutch city and last year starred in a documentary film named Meet The Fokkens.
Mother-of-four Louise admitted, though, that her arthritis means some positions are now ‘too painful’ – while mother-of-three Martine complained about a drop in custom.
Only one elderly man addicted to his weekly S&M sessions remains a regular, she said.
‘I couldn’t give him up. He’s been coming to me for so long it’s like going to church on a Sunday,’ Martine added.
Brothels were legalised in the Netherlands in 2000 – but the sisters say this ‘has not improved prostitutes’ lives’.
Martine said: ‘It is better for the pimps and the foreigners, but not for the Dutch girls.’
But the twins are confident their income from film rights will keep them solvent in the years of retirement ahead.
Yes. Louise and Martine Fokkens.
I love how the article says they are twins, and that they are “both 70”. What a surprise! Who would have thought?
In case you are wondering, 355,000 jobs between them over 50 years breaks down to 3550 per year, each. Assuming weekends off, that’s about 17 jobs per day. Or 10 per day if working all the way through. I guess at times they could have more than one client at a time, otherwise those numbers seem a bit inflated.