Dutch twins Louise and Martine Fokken enjoyed illustrious careers as prostitutes for over 50 years. The sisters, who just turned 70, teamed up with a documentary filmmaker and made a film about their experiences. Countless tells the story of how and why they slept with over 355,000 men in the heart of Amsterdam while raising their families. It is scheduled for a limited release in New York and L.A. this fall. It’s proof that even if you are up in age, you can still get your groove on — and get paid for it. Here’s what you should know:
1. During The Old days, Both Had Pimps
Even though prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, Louise and Martine started out with a pimp. After his violent episodes, they became self-sufficient contractors and created their own brothel.
2. Louise Used To Be An Artist
Before turning tricks, sister Louise designed lampshades. It was something she fell into during school. After creating several styles of light forms, she was forced into prostitution by her abusive, drug-addicted husband who refused to work. What a douche. After 50 years, she was the first sister to retire due to a severe bout with arthritis. “I couldn’t get one leg over the other.”
3. At 70, Sister Martine Still Works the Corner
Even though Louise’s body won’t allow her to bend and move much, Martine still works part-time, two to three times a week on on the corner of the one of the canals in the Red Light District. “I need money. You can’t live on state pension.”
4. They Can’t Remember How Many Men They Have Truly Slept With
According to both, they are unable to fully account for just how many clients they’ve interacted with. Their own estimation amasses over 355,000 men. Dang, that’s a lot of bone. Their documentary is aptly titled Countless.
5. They Have Large Families of Their Own
Martine has three children and six grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren. Louise has four children and nine grandchildren. Martine’s children are ashamed of their mother’s actions and chose not to participate in the documentary. Louise’s brood were vastly different, encouraging their mother to embrace her past by letting go of it and the ridicule from the community. Gotta love family drama.
6. They Wrote to Pass the Time Between Clients
While they weren’t addressing the physical needs of other men from all over the world, they chronicled their journey as working girls through a detailed non-fiction journal. After five decades, their memoir is complete and has already been sold in Dutch bookstores. They’re seeking an American publisher.
7. Martine Cleaned Windows Before She Worked in The Window
Martine started out as head cleaner of her sister’s brothel. As an identical twin, she was often mistaken for Louise and was propositioned by potential suitors. Louise persuaded her to give it a shot. “I helped her with the first client: told her what she had to do, what she shouldn’t do.” Nothing like sisterly love.
8. They’re Champions of Hookers’ Rights
Both created the first independent union for prostitutes, initiating rights, civility, and commonality amongst others in the Red Light District. These women know how to fight for equality.
9. Louise and Martine Do Almost Everything Together
When Martine isn’t entertaining clients, they both enjoy taking walks around the canals, eating fatty desserts, and planting gardens.
10. It’s About More than Them
Beyond their personal stories, the documentary is about corruption and greed within the court system and the challenges faced by prostitutes before their trade became officially legal in 2000. It’s also about how sexy older women can be.