Prostitutes were not expected to conform to sexual rules, and were not protected by the law.
The concept of "honor" was very important in early modern Dutch society.
Drug addicts, including drug tourists, were said to be numerous in the street prostitution group.
Window and club prostitution were dominated by Caribbean, South-American, African, and Asian women.
In 2008, city statistic showed 142 licensed brothels in Amsterdam, with about 500 window displays, and officials estimated that sexual transactions in Amsterdam account for about 100 million US dollars per year.
The attitude of worldly and religious authorities towards prostitution was pragmatic.
'Window' prostitution occurs in 12 cities in the Netherlands.
Later, city governments tried to reserve certain areas of the city for prostitution.As with other countries, estimates regarding the total number of prostitutes vary.Most sources place this number between 15,000 and 30,000.Street prostitution exists in 10 Dutch cities and involves on average some 320 prostitutes daily.Between 3,500 and 4,000 prostitutes are employed daily in 600–700 clubs and private brothels.No more than one third were Dutch nationals, the remainder representing 44 nationalities.The majority were from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, the Czech Republic and Poland.The extent of other forms of prostitution such as escort agencies and home-based prostitution is much more difficult to estimate.Home-based prostitution occurs in at least 17 municipalities and escort agencies exist in at least 28 municipalities.Prostitution businesses were driven to the streets and alleys near the city walls.Typical is the following decree from the city of Amsterdam in 1413: Because whores are necessary in big cities and especially in cities of commerce such as ours – indeed it is far better to have these women than not to have them – and also because the holy church tolerates whores on good grounds, for these reasons the court and sheriff of Amsterdam shall not entirely forbid the keeping of brothels.