In March 2007, the statue “Belle” was unveiled on Oudekerksplein during one of the Red Light District’s open days.

Mariska Majoor asked the artist Els Driving to make Beauty into the honor of all the world’s sex workers. Belle carries an important message, which can be read on its black stone pedestal: “respect sex workers all over the world”.

You can buy a small Belle at the PIC for just 39.95 EURO.

Els Rijerse’s website:

Waiting before the unveiling ….

Everyone who wanted to was allowed to help with the unveiling.

The international press was present








and there she is …!

Mariska applauds and introduces Els Rijerse to everyone present.

Belle stands proudly on the Oudekerksplein, hopefully forever …