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70-year-old twin sister prostitutes retire after 50 years in the industry

70-year-old identical twin sister prostitutes have decided to retire after working 50 years in the Amsterdam industry.

Louise and Martine Fokkens are both 70, and claim to have slept with 355,000 men between the two of them. Louise retired two years ago because her arthritis made the job “too painful,” and her sister has recently decided to follow in her footsteps, Metro News reported.

They are familiar faces in the “red light district” of Amsterdam and claim to be the oldest prostitutes in the Dutch city.

The “red light district,” Amsterdam’s notorious prostitution and sex shop zone, has been the home of the Fokkens sisters’ brothel for years. When brothels were legalized in the Netherlands in 2000, the pair started their own in order to escape their pimps and set up an informal trade union for female prostitutes.

The legalization of brothels has “not improved prostitutes’ lives,” according to the sisters.

“It is better for the pimps and the foreigners, but not for the Dutch girls,” Marine said in a documentary called “Meet the Fokkens.”

The documentary focuses on the twins’ lives in the industry and was released in 2011. They believe they can now retire comfortably because of their income from film rights.

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