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.

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In the 1970s, the majority of foreign prostitutes were from Thailand, in the 1980s from Latin America and the Caribbean.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, many prostitutes came from Central and Eastern Europe.

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.

'Window' prostitution occurs in 12 cities in the Netherlands.

It is estimated that on average some 2,000 prostitutes are engaged daily in this form of prostitution.

An article written by Marie-Victoire Louis in Le Monde diplomatique in 1997, claimed that 80% of prostitutes in Amsterdam were foreigners and 70% had no immigration papers (but did not quote the source).

In 2008, Karina Schaapman, a former prostitute and former member of the Amsterdam city council, produced a report about the Amsterdam sex trade.

According to Radio Netherlands, prostitution is concentrated in and around the big cities and in the border towns in the regions of Limburg, Groningen, Twente, West Brabant and Zeeland.