Yab Yum Unlocked, Amsterdam

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Yab Yum was one of the best-known and most exclusive brothels in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Located in a 17th-century canal house on the Singel, it mostly catered to businessmen and foreign visitors. A second Yab Yum operated for a while in Rotterdam, but has since been closed.In January 2008, the city of Amsterdam closed the brothel by revoking its license, alleging that it was being used for criminal activity.Operation, the entrance fee was 70 euros, which included a drink. Sex for one hour cost 300 euros, but typically also required the purchase of an expensive bottle of champagne.From its beginning in the 1980s until the legalisation of brothels in 2000, the Yab Yum operated as a "licensed club with no members" and was tolerated according to police guidelines, as long as no drugs and no violence was involved. The club advertised in student newspapers to find employees.In 1997, it was reported that a woman earned up to $10,000 per month working at Yab Yum, tax free. Anticipating stricter regulation, the club agreed to pay taxes for its 55 employees starting 1 January 1998.In anticipation of the official legalisation of brothels on 1 October 2000, Yab Yum owner Theo Heuft applied to open a "relax service" at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, to offer exclusive food, drink and massages to travellers. When he was turned down, he filed a lawsuit. The airport brothel was never opened.In an interview in Millionair Magazine in February 2008, Heuft said that the brothel made its best ever earnings, just over 40,000 euros, on the evening in 1985 when the Dutch football team beat Cyprus 7-1 in Amsterdam. He complained about the "dreadful" atmosphere caused by the "ordinary clientele" that night.
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  • On our last trip to the Dam we came upon this on TripAdvisor. I have always been fascinated with high end brothels and what they were like in their heyday. Wow, I was so not disappointed with this, we...  more »
  • Recently in this building housed a elite brothel. And now a museum. I couldn't pass up the chance to evaluate interiors of this establishment. Kinda enough spectacle, I recommend to visit. Each of the rooms is playing video in English with explanations. Photograph, unfortunately, is only allowed on the first floor.
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  • I did visit YamYum several years ago and i still remember the experience, the place was plenty of beautiful young girls of every color, perfect atmosphere, free drinks (except champagne for the girls ..of course), in-house DJ letting play the perfect music for the occasion. The old fashion furniture with different red nuances and the old lamps hanging all around gave the main room a surrealist look difficult to forget. The rooms upstairs with king size waterbeds, jacuzzi in every room, mirrors on walls and sealing, different toys to your free use ....gave the impression to be coming to a kind of temple ...temple of sex ......I recommend everybody to visit at least once in your life this perfect establishment. .
  • Completely shut down. We were extremely disappointed
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