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Man arrested in stabbing death of prostitute in Amsterdam

Amsterdam police today announced that they have arrested a 46-year old man last Saturday night on suspicion of involvement in the stabbing death of a 19-year old prostitute.

The murdered woman’s body was found last Friday in her work room at Oudezijds Achterburgwal, in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

According to Metje Blaak, press advisor for De Rode Draad — an advocacy agency for prostitutes — robbery was a possible motive. Blaak said the woman was completely dressed and had been ready to go home when she was attacked. Police will not confirm this.

The murder led to much unrest among other prostitutes in the Red Light District. Many of them were too afraid to work the next day.

The murdered woman, known in the neighborhood as Berti, was from Hungary. She came to Holland a year-and-a-half ago. Four months ago she delivered her first baby, and she went back to work last month.

Colleagues and friends say the woman was a striking appearance behind her window: he blond hair recently painted red, light skinned, and large tattoo of a dragon on her stomach.

A security guard hired by the firm that rents out the ‘windows’ reportedly stopped by Berti’s work room about an hour before she was found by two of her colleagues.

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This post was last updated: Dec. 14, 2014