AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Amsterdam’s first female mayor launched plans on Wednesday to overhaul the city’s red light district and its window displays, in a bid to protect sex workers from gawping tourists.
In what would be the most radical revamp of the sex trade there since the Dutch legalized prostitution nearly two decades ago, Femke Halsema suggested stopping the practice of sex workers standing in window-fronted rooms, among other options.
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Changes were needed because of social shifts, she told Reuters, including the rise of human trafficking and an increase in the number of tourists visiting the district and using their phones to take and post pictures of the women.
“We’re forced by circumstances because Amsterdam changes,” Halsema said in an interview before the launch.
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“I think a lot of the women who work there feel humiliated, laughed at and that’s one of the reasons we are thinking about changing,” she added.
The plans included four main scenarios: ending street window displays, closing down city center brothels and moving them elsewhere, reducing the number of city center brothels and stepping up the licensing of window workers.
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The scenarios, drawn up in a report titled “The Future of Window Prostitution in Amsterdam”, also included...
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