Saturday, 26 May 2012
Meet the Fokkens - twin 69-year-old prostitutes
IT'S hard to say for sure, but we're willing to take a punt that Louise and Martine Fokkens are the oldest twin sister prostitutes in the world.
And now the sisters - who share a gleeful sense of humour as well as a profession - are the subject of a new documentary film.
The 69-year-old Fokken sisters have more than 80 years experience between them working in Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District.
“I can't tell you how many tricks we've had,” says Louise. “Countless.”
Although Louise retired two years ago, age 67, due to arthritis ("I couldn't get one leg over the other."), Martine is still working in her window, often dressed as a dominatrix.
“She needs the money,” says Louise. "You can't live off a state pension."
The Dutch film is titled “Meet the Fokkens” and includes the sisters telling many stories about their time in the sex industry.
Although they admit the work has not always been easy, mostly they recall their clients with warmth and compassion.The women started as prostitutes working for pimps but later branched out on their own, opening a brothel.
The warm-hearted documentary shows the women cheerfully discussing sex toys as well as their life’s work.
"You've been a whore," Louise tells her sister. "You'll never get rid of that name. So be one."
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands so sex workers have a union and receive health benefits.