Sex Work & Me: Red Light Con­ver­sa­tions

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 9.30pm, ABC2 I love the phrase ‘‘ red light con­ver­sa­tions’’. It sounds like a great ti­tle for a novel or the lyrics to a song by Sting. But of course it’s ABC2’s sleazy Fri­day night of­fer­ing for this week. The ac­tion takes place in Am­s­ter­dam, in one of the world’s only le­gal red-light dis­tricts, where the his­tory of pros­ti­tu­tion goes back cen­turies. Ev­ery year, pros­ti­tu­tion at­tracts mil­lions of vis­i­tors to the city. This doc­u­men­tary won’t be ev­ery­one’s cup of late-night latte. But how­ever you view the sub­ject mat­ter, this is a com­pelling por­trait of what’s of­ten called the world’s old­est pro­fes­sion on the brink of its pos­si­ble demise. The doc­u­men­tary aims to draw back the cur­tain on Am­s­ter­dam’s world of paid sex at a time when the fu­ture of the city’s red light dis­trict hangs in the bal­ance.

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