Friday, March 29, 2013


Louise and Martine Fokkens
Louise and Martine Fokkens Photo: REX
Louise and Martine Fokkens, 70, claim to have slept with more than 355,000 men between them in the 100 years they have spent working.
The pair say the pains of getting old, combined with a changing community, have forced the decision to retire.
Louise says that her arthritis made some of her work too painful, and both twins admit that it is difficult to attract new clients.
The twins became prostitutes while they were still teenagers and are known for wearing matching outfits, usually red dresses, while working.
The duo fondly recall the golden era of prostitution in Amsterdam that existed before the trade was legalised and dominated by the “eastern European mafia”.
Louise says: “It is very different now. We used to sit in the windows with clothes on. Today they are totally naked.
“There are few Dutch women and no sense of community these days.”
Martine adds: “The legalisation of brothels in 2000 has not improved prostitutes' lives.
“There is no point working just for tax. That is why the girls are working from the internet and from home - you are less likely to be spotted by the taxman.
“It is better for the pimps and the foreigners, but not for the Dutch girls.”
Martine and Louise became famous as the subject of a 2012 documentary called ‘Meet the Fokkens’ and they have just finished work on a book, ‘The Ladies of Amsterdam’.
The twins hope to be able to live off their earnings from the book and film rights.

1 comment:

  1. Did you know them "personally"???? :p