The Amsterdam Diaries 2019: a secret look behind the red curtains – including a private Photo-Art gallery of De Wallen’s very best red light district girls 2018/2019



Red Light District Secrets 2019

What viewers don’t realise is that I will engage with them if they contact.

Some of you will know me as Lange Niezel, maybe from the article in But life moves on. I’ve been visiting Amsterdam’s red light district for a while now, and this blog gives an insight into my experiences as well as some information and analysis. If you read on and check out the pages, you’ll see that those experiences are quite varied. People think that they know what happens behind those red curtains and how it plays out, but they don’t (know, that is). Even a lot of the guys who visit the area regularly are unaware of the possibilities.


When I first visited Amsterdam’s De Wallen, the red light district, I was in the habit of keeping a detailed, daily diary. After my first window visit, I went off to a coffee shop


one that actually sold coffee, settled down with my diary (feeling quite giddy, to be honest) and wrote up my first encounter with an Amsterdam prostitute. It was in a leather bound diary with blank pages. The writing took more than four times the length of the actual experience. Because I saw several girls every time I visited the area, I soon had quite a collection of diary entries. And photos of the girls taken inside the rooms, behind those red curtains.

Alongside those Amsterdam red light visits I did a bit of research; I didn’t have to read very much before I realised that there was a lot of prejudice, misinformation and downright dishonesty when it came to reporting and commenting on prostitution.

I wondered if there might be people in the world who would appreciate a candid view from the inside, albeit from the point of view of a client. I decided to publish some of the diary online. The blog developed quite a following, with over a million visitors, and that led me to make some of the diary entries available in book form.

What viewers don’t realise is that I will engage with them if they contact.


Marcus has given talks about his ongoing experiences in Amsterdam’s red light district and London’s Soho to international groups of students. As well as providing context and describing experiences, he explores issues relating to moral politics, moral psychology, feminism and the media.

  • University of Amsterdam, 2014 – Journalism students
  • Amsterdam. March 2015
  • Danish Higher Education, October 2015 – International relations students
  • Amsterdam April 2016- Social Sciences students
  • Amsterdam June 2016
  • Amsterdam November 4th 2016 – Cafe Heffer
  • Amsterdam March 3rd 2017 – Club 420
  • Young Americans March 24th 2017 – Club 420
  • Danish Higher Education, June 24th 2017 – Club 420
  • Amsterdam, November 2017 – Arts Centre
  • Amsterdam April 2018 – Museum Quarter
  • Amsterdam 22nd June 2018 – Museum Quarter
  • Amsterdam 11th October 2018 – Tech Centre
  • Amsterdam 2nd November 2018 – Media Centre
  • American students 8th March 2019 – Hotel near the RLD
  • Amsterdam 28th March 2019 – Club 420

Comment: Hello, Just wanted to say thank you for coming to speak to the course/class that I am in, and that I found your stories and experiences interesting, exciting and vulnerably raw. So, I was wondering where/how I could purchase one of your books and or how often are you writing new blog entries?! Anon (USA)

Comment: Hi. Thanks so much for meeting with us once again. After your talks, i often wish you could be an invisible participant at our wrap-up sessions. You are confronted with the students’ first and immediate reaction to the talk, and due to it’s controversial content, those reactions are sometimes strong. However, after having some time to reflect, they might still disagree with the perspectives you bring to the table, but they always emphasize that they are very thankful for having the opportunity to listen to you and ask questions. (Anon)

What viewers don’t realise is that I will engage with them if they contact.

L’art de Perfection

AmDam Girls as Art –  Segretto’s Archive


Recently, I visited an exhibition at The Royal Academy in London. The theme was Abstract Expressionism. As I wandered from room to room I couldn’t help thinking about the exhibits in terms of my photographs of Amsterdam’s Window Girls (behind the curtain). I also couldn’t get the thought of ‘Never Mind The Pollocks‘ out of my head. Or this graffiti in Trompettersteeg.

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An eye for colour

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Girl’s Eyes – after Franze Kline

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Blue and Red on Black – after Mark Rothko


Yes, it’s different to the image at the top of the page

Study in grey


Foetal Blue Girl – after Madison Moore

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Dam Girl’s Thigh Gap – after Gilbert and George


After Andy and Marilyn

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A little bit of Degas

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More Degas

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First behind the red curtain photo


After Dora Carrington’s Spanish Landcape

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Make Art of Photos & Respect the Ladies!

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Yeah. Right. Got it.

Obviously, whoever virtue signalled with the graffiti had the approval of all the window girls who’ve posed for me.

1,000,000 visitors read the diary online 4 free

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The diaries about days and nights in Amsterdam’s iconic red light district, De Wallen, are now available as eBooks on Amazon (and still day to day relevant). And it’s not like this is a history lesson – I still visit (see my lecture tour). The description on Amazon makes the book(s) sound like romantic novels (discretion on my part); they aren’t. This isn’t fiction. It’s what happened and in the order that it happened (although it reads like fiction). And it’s still happening. And it isn’t a tale of success after success. I fuck up just like everybody else. There’s stuff about Marcus, there’s conversations with the girls, and there’s a lot of sex. Mostly sex, I admit.

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Bluntly, what she might do with me she might not do with you and what she will do with you she might not do with me. The one thing that YOU CAN’T DO is use my great sex as a blueprint for your great sex. That’s a promise!

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AMAZON LINKS for The Amsterdam Diaries


Canada  Germany France Spain Italy Netherlands  Japan

India Brazil Mexico

Anyone can use Cloudreader

To read Amazon’s eBooks online

Or you can download the free Reader App

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Two Easy Steps

1st) Purchase the eBook from Amazon. Amazon asks if you want to download to a Kindle, store on your Cloudreader account or download to another device. As soon as it’s purchased a copy goes to your Cloudreader Account (you have one whether you want it or not), and it sits on your bookshelf alongside any other eBooks that you’ve purchased.

2nd) Access Cloudreader by going to Log into your Amazon account and the reader opens straight away and displays the books on your bookshelf. Select the book from the shelf, and go! The Kindle functions are very transparent and easy to use, easier than on the Kindle itself. Note the control bar sometimes hides itself at the top of the screen; cover with the mouse icon to reveal.

Why do this?

Remember, 1,000,000 for free?

This is the same thing but Amazon is the ‘reputable moderator’ and ‘collector’ to do the same thing for a few dollars (in your local currency). My guess is that readers would have parted with a dollar or two for access to the hundreds of pages to the original Dam Diaries, if they could do it in a legitimate/who has my credit card details way. Well, here’s your chance to do that.

Vice Magazine Interview

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Guess U Win Some & U Lose Some!!!!!

😥 C’est la vie!

But, as my old son, Tenny, said:

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

2 STARS IS SO COOL! Stands out from he crowd!!!!


Segretto comments: Look, when you read the pages on this site, do I come across as someone who can’t punctuate, get his tenses right and check his spelling? Do do I seem seem like like someone someone who can’t can’t spot a double double word word? Here is my defence. Pin your ears back because it’s loud. I accept both of Jamie’s criticisms on language. Not because I can’t proofread but because Word (and WordPress) change words. Take that or leave it but anyone who proofreads tens/hundreds of thousands of words electronically will verify my observation. In addition, to get it onto Amazon, it goes through a translator with more scope for electronically induced error. However, Amazon flags spelling issues, enabling corrections. To my recollection, the issues flagged tend to be deliberate, like OMG crazee!. Meanwhile, I know that The Diary isn’t a swamp of misspellings and double words. As for the ogre thing, I don’t know whether to be alarmed or delighted. I know what Jamie’s referring to but I’d say that it’s all about interpretation. But I would, wouldn’t I? (Smiley face.) As for what kind of guy is Segretto generally, I guess you could always try the page called The Real Blog.

Thanks, James. Pager-turner (is what you sort of said) is quite an endorsement. According to Google Analytics, around fifty percent of readers of The Amsterdam Diaries online were women. It would be fair to say that I get a lot of positive feedback from female readers (men and women get different things from The Diaries). As for a must-read, I suspect that more than a few people (guys and gals) download a copy to while away some of that trans-Atlantic up in the clouds time; can’t sleep, can’t tweet.


Am1Segretto in Soho, London

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Soho is host to London’s most obvious red light district. It’s smack in the middle of the capital. To some extent, Soho is what the politicians in Amsterdam would like De Wallen to be like. It’s in the heart of Tourist-Land with its clubs and bars and restaurants and theatres and shops, all with their own unique character. It’s the hub of London’s night life and a cultural icon. Leicester Square, Piccadilly, Oxford Street, Bond Street help to box it in, along with China Town. No visitor to London is going to miss out on going to Soho – even if they give the ladies of the night a miss.

The Soho Diaries is modelled on The Amsterdam Diaries. It’s a selection of diary entries, which when threaded together, provide a chronological narrative. The Amsterdam Diaries answered the question, ‘What’s it like to have sex with an Amsterdam prostitute?’ Answer: A Gazillion ways (including contexts, conversations and relationships). The Soho Diaries approaches it in the same way. Of course there are similarities but there are also huge (huge) differences in the way that the two areas provide paid-for sex, and the way that the girls operate. Hopefully, that makes for interesting reading. So ….. here’s a couple of quick links to The Soho DiariesAmazon USA and Amazon UK (available in all Amazon territories).