Amsterdam's famous city center red light district 's days could be numbered. Amsterdam's mayor has proposed closing down city center brothels and relocating the area's nearly workers. The local government is proposing moving sex workers to a purpose-built "erotic center" outside of the heart of the city, but the union for red light district window workers, Red Light United, says most women don't want to leave the city center. Amsterdam's red light district occupies a collection of narrow streets in the heart of the city near the central train station. Gallery: Magnificent European manor houses StarsInsider.
Amsterdam red-light district moving away from touristy city center
By Natalie O'Neill. February 4, pm Updated February 4, pm. But some sex workers were not happy about potentially being pushed to an area with less foot traffic. Will Halsema also sometimes organize bus trips [to the new area]? A recent survey of sex workers in Amsterdam also showed 90 percent of them wanted to continue to work in the touristy part of town, which features marijuana dispensaries, cobblestone alleys and canals, the paper reported. Read Next.
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Amsterdam is known by many as the city of sin and has a reputation as a place where anything goes. Amsterdam sex clubs, brothels and strip shows are famous the world over and everybody has heard of the Amsterdam Red Light District. Between the coffeeshops and sex shops, the narrow streets are filled with girls who pose suggestively in their windows, beckoning passing tourists inside for some illicit pleasure, but there are also many other forms of sexual entertainment available throughout the city.
The government has put out public calls for residents to weigh in on the future of sex work in the city and has not said where it plans to have the brothels reopen. Locals living in the red-light district during the pandemic, which has shut down tourism to the region, have told By The Way of the relief that an extended break from over-tourism has brought. The city shut down guided tours in the red-light-district area in early CDA, a Christian-democratic political party in Europe, which has lobbied for sex work to be made illegal in the Netherlands, voiced its support for the measure, as well as for restricting drug sales in the area, on Twitter last week.