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Amsterdam: Red light district to get cleaned up

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Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District, that central section of seedy sex shops and cinemas, is set to clean up its act.

Job Cohen, the city’s Mayor, announced on Monday that Amsterdam will soon begin requiring all red-light merchants and services to go “legit.” Since the trade’s legalization in 2000, the area has continued to be plagued with pimps and petty crime, along with unregulated prostitution.

The mayor’s new plan will enforce permits and inspections, and will require businesses to have official business telephone numbers and registered addresses.

The Associated Press reports that the city hopes to lure in luxury hotels, fashionable boutiques, squeaky-clean restaurants and other crowd-pleasers to  the area. And what about the tourists who come to Amsterdam primarily to take in the city’s seedy side?

According to councilman Lodewijk Asscher, “We know that the tourists that come here now, the rowdy Britons, aren’t always the tourists that you’d like to have in the city,” he said.

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2 Responses to “Amsterdam: Red light district to get cleaned up”

Traveler says:

It’s about time they took measures.
I noticed “bugs” when I was there 3 years ago…

Great city that Amsterdam, Hamsterdam…

rico says:

the rowdy,drunken Britons are not the kind of tourists that Amsterdam likes other Nationalities to see.
l’ve been to the red light district since the ‘clean up’,and the ‘fashion shops look rediculous and out of place.
sure send the Persons In Manipulative Position(s) packing,pimps are lice,regulation is what is required
If City Hall interferes further in matters that it doesn’t understand,the ‘sex trade’ will be ruined by interference,as the taxi trade was by interference,by Amsterdam City Hall and will also become a disreputable rip off due to interference. weed the scum out,and deport/jail them !

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