Prostitution Information Center
The Prostitution Information Center was founded by ex-prostitute Mariska Majoor in 1994 as a way to inform people more about prostitution. Mariska herself worked behind the windows in the Red Light District and felt something needed to be improved about the image of prostitution and thus the Prostitution Information Center was born.
In 2007 the Prostitution Information Center revealed the statue of Belle at Oudekerskplein in front of the Old Church in the Red Light District. On a plate on the statue the message is written: 'Respect sex workers all over the world', a message we hope everyone will stay true to.
In 2015 Mariska herself founded the Dutch union of sex workers, PROUD, and became the chairwoman of PROUD. Located in the Prostitution Information Center, the union until todat the union tries to defend the rights of sex workers in The Netherlands.
Mariska dedicated almost 23 years of her life to informing people more about this exceptional profession untill she was diagnosed with cancer. In 2016 she decided to cease her activities at the Prostitution Information Center as well as PROUD.
In 2017 Mariska Majoor was awarded for her contribution to fight for sex workers their rights becoming a member in the Order of Orange-Nassau, a Dutch order of chivalry awarded to people who earned special merits for society.
Today the Prostitution Information Center is still opened, currently run by people who have knowledge about prostitution or a history working as a sex worker.