Saturday, 26 May 2012
meet 69 old twins prostitutes
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.