Belle

In front of the church on the Oudekerksplein you can find the bronze statue of a confident sex worker in her doorway: Belle. The founder of the PIC, Mariska, commissioned Dutch artist Els Rijerse for the sculpture in 2007 to promote respect for sex workers. The plaque reads: ‘Respect sex workers all over the world’.

The statue is a symbolic figure and place for sex workers, where commemorations and celebrations often take place. Every year on December 17, the International Day Against Violence Against Sex Workers, the PIC team gets together and brings a bouquet of flowers to the statue as a sign of love and respect.

The PIC is the proud caretaker of Belle and sells unique miniatures of the tribute to sex workers worldwide.