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Amsterdam's most famous great-granny prostitutes celebrate red light life

Published on Dec 9, 2012 5:47 PM
 

AMSTERDAM (AFP) - In a busy passage in Amsterdam's red light district a crowd is gathering as fans jostle to have their picture taken with the city's most famous great-grannies: Louise and Martine Fokkens, the Dutch capital's oldest twin prostitutes.

Decked out in matching red leather jackets and boots, red jeans and crocheted red berets, with Stars and Stripes scarves draped around their necks, the Fokkens cut a jaunty pair as they saunter down alleys with red-framed windows where semi-nude 'working women' put their bodies on display to lure customers.

Locals young and old line up for a chat, while gawking tourists look on in bemused confusion.

"Look it's the 'ouwe hoeren' (old whores)," Mr Koen Booij, 19, shouts affectionately before running up to Martine, who hands him an autographed postcard advertising the sisters' latest tell-all book about Amsterdam's seedy side, where the Fokkens have been working as prostitutes for the past half-a-century.

 
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