Gare du Nord
If you are taking the train and stop here, you will be greeted with the main red light street Rue d’Aerschot as soon as you exit the station.
It's a rather long walk from the train station, and easy to get lost, use a map. The hookers work most hours, but evening to midnight is the busiest with highest number of girls available.
There are mainly Bulgarian, Romanian, Baltic and Russian prostitutes, with a limited number of West Europeans. The price of sex differs from 50-100€. But judging what has happened in Amsterdam, where price has hardly changed since 2002 (always been 25-50€ since 2002), it's likely the same has happened at Rue d’Aerschot. As of 2005, the quality was pretty good on looks, 7-8 (10 being very beautiful).
The advantage, of girls in windows, is that, what you see is what you get. The girls in order to compete will make an effort to put on that make up, wear that sexy dress, put on that warm smile - that you won't get from the girl from the escort web site, who more often than not will look completely different from the girl in the photo. After midnight, the shops light up with blue and red neon lights. About a dozen shop windows come alive; girls writhe in glow in the dark underwear to attract would-be customers. Gossamer net curtains are behind them hiding rooms. A small alleyway called Linne also has a few shops with glowing neon window displays. There are other minor streets with window girls, not so attractive, with a few African women.
Sex shops and other paraphernalia are also nearby on the Rue de Brabant. This area is filled with kebab shops, fast food shops and night shops. Night shops stay open until the small hours of the morning supplying tobacco, alcohol and snack foods.
The closest hotel chains are located around Rogier metro; these include the Crowne Plaza, the Sheraton and the Hilton.
- Boulevard Adolphe Max - At the north end of Boulevard Anspach is the Boulevard Adolphe Max.
- Avenue Louise - After midnight street girls and sex workers come out.
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