Sex workers launch ‘peepshow on wheels’ protest in desperate bid to end lockdown

Sex workers in Amsterdam are desperate to get back to work after almost a year with no income, but unlike most of the Netherlands' so-called “contact professions” such as hairdressers, masseurs, and driving instructors, they will be not be allowed to go back to work when lockdown is eased on March 3.

So Dutch dominatrix Moira Mona has organised a group of women from Amsterdam's notorious Red Light district into what she’s calling a "peepshow on wheels".

Scantily-clad women will be strutting their stuff in the vehicle, which will be parked up next to the Dutch parliament in The Hague on Tuesday, March 2.

Moira hopes the stunt will convince the government to reopen for business on the Wednesday along with everyone else.

Mark Rutte, the outgoing prime minister of the Netherlands, says that sex workers are a special case.

"With sex workers you have to deal with the special character of that profession, namely that you are very close together, with all the risks of transmission of the virus,” he said.

But Moira disagreed, responding: "Sex workers are professionals and have always been protecting themselves from viruses and bacteria.

“It's simply ridiculous that we don't have the same rights as other workers and are not treated the same as other contact professions.”

Speaking to De Gelderlander, Moira said she is impatient with politicians not treating sex workers with the same respect as other workers: “We are just people who pay taxes and also have to pay the rent every month.

“We already complied with hygiene rules before the existence of corona,” she points out.

“This is not about public health, but about punishing sex workers. The press conference felt very typical again, especially because a journalist asked for an explanation as to why sex workers were excluded – but it was treated as a joke.”

“Many sex workers have been without support for almost a year,” she added. She explains she’s earned almost nothing, but ha meet able to make a small amount of money through webcamming.

She said she's lucky that she had someone to support her through lockdown, adding: “My boyfriend has to pay the rent. I am a feminist and I find it very bad and scary to be dependent on someone. ”

As well as costing money, the enforced shutdown has isolated Moira's customers, she claimed.

"It sounds like a cliché, but it's just like this: a lot of customers want to talk," she said. "You can't talk about [BDSM] with friends and family.”

Peter van Beckum, owner of the Maison Monty brothel in Rijswijk in South Holland, said he wont be taking part in Tuesday’s action:.

“Our girls don't want to be seen there," he said. "If we are allowed to open, we will hear it."

He said the industry has met "such high standards" and can open up with "appropriate measures".

Among them are separate rooms, a no kissing rule and ventilated areas.

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