Amsterdam announces consultation on future of its red light district

Femke Halsema, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is proposing “fundamental” changes to its famed red light district to ensure the rights of sex workers, prevent crime and reduce nuisance for local residents and businesses.

The city said in a statement that the mayor, Femke Halsema, will discuss with sex workers and residents four options for the neighbourhood’s future.

The proposals range from closing the curtains of windows so that prostitutes are not on public display, closing down brothels with display windows altogether, and moving prostitution somewhere else in the city.

The announcement of a public consultation on the future of the neighbourhood marks the latest attempt by Amsterdam officials to clean up a part of the city’s historic centre that has in recent years become a noisy, overcrowded tourist magnet.

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