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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7769199.stm

Dutch authorities have revealed details of their plans to clean up Amsterdam's famous red light district.

They say they will close half the city's brothels, sex shops and marijuana cafes in a bid to drive organised crime from the city centre.
Council officials gave the sex industry a warning a year ago that they were going to close some brothels.

The deputy mayor of Amsterdam says the plans will stop the city being a "free zone" for criminals.

Last year the city said it wanted to close one-third of the red light district's brothels, where scantily-clad prostitutes display themselves in shop windows.
But the new measures aim to reduce the number of sex "windows" from 482 to 243, a council spokesman said.

Amsterdam also wants to close half of the 76 marijuana shops in the city centre.

City centre 'decay'

The city council says that some other businesses are also related to the decay of the city centre, including peep shows, sex shows, mini-supermarkets, phone and souvenir shops, and they will also be shut down.

It says there are indications that some red light businesses serve as a cover for organised crime, including drugs and the trafficking of women.
"Money laundering, extortion and human trafficking are things you do not see on the surface but they are hurting people and the city. We want to fight this," said Deputy Mayor Lodewijk Asscher.

"We can still have sex and drugs but in a way that shows the city is in control."
Officials have set aside some 39m euros (£33m) to bring back hotels, boutiques, galleries and restaurants to the area.

'Tolerant and crazy'

The plans come just days after a national ban on hallucinogenic or "magic mushrooms" from shops known as Smart Shops.

The BBC's correspondent in the Netherlands, Geraldine Coughlan, says the latest plans go much further than had been expected.

Critics say the crackdown in Amsterdam is the latest example of a hardening of the traditional liberal Dutch approach to social issues including prostitution and soft drug use.

But Mr Asscher said that the changes would be more in line with Amsterdam's image as a "tolerant and crazy place, rather than a free zone for criminals".
"It will be a place with 200 windows (for prostitutes) and 30 coffee shops, which you can't find anywhere else in the world - very exciting, but also with cultural attractions," he said, adding: "And you won't have to be embarrassed to say you came."

Prostitution will be allowed only in two areas in the district - notably De Wallen (The Walls), a web of streets and alleys around the city's medieval retaining dam walls.
The area has been a centre of prostitution for hundreds of years.

Prostitution was legalised in the Netherlands in 2000, formalising a long-standing tolerance.

Marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but prosecutors will not press charges for possession of small amounts. Coffee shops are able to sell it openly.


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#3
yeah ... thats just going to mean people have to line up.
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#4
Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! Where will I get my hookers and weed now? Oh wait, germany.
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#6
Good move.
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Good for you, Amsterdam. It's seriously an embarrassment for them when their finest city is known by the world only for their red light district.
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supply and demand might bite these guys in the ass, or it'll all work out....who knows

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supply and demand might bite these guys in the ass, or it'll all work out....who knows

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#10
Wait they want to make their city more respectable looking by closing down half the professional places people get their various vices fufilled?


Yup, because seeing some **** hangin round a street corner sellin draw is much more respectable.
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I'm wondering whether this will do anything to lower the city's crime rates. Seems rather unlikely to me to be honest.

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Wait they want to make their city more respectable looking by closing down half the professional places people get their various vices fufilled?


Yup, because seeing some **** hangin round a street corner sellin draw is much more respectable.


Better than the government tacitly promoting prostitution and drugs.
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#13
"We can still have sex and drugs but in a way that shows the city is in control."




people are so weak willed nowadays
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Same price as usual?
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7769199.stm

But Mr Asscher said that the changes would be more in line with Amsterdam's image as a "tolerant and crazy place, rather than a free zone for criminals".
"It will be a place with 200 windows (for prostitutes) and 30 coffee shops, which you can't find anywhere else in the world - very exciting, but also with cultural attractions," he said, adding: "And you won't have to be embarrassed to say you came."




Anyone else find this funny?
#17
Goodbye tourist money then. They're basically shooting themselves in the foot, even though what theyre doing is good.
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Same price as usual?

Depends. We'll have to talk about this if you're going to wreak havoc on the hotel room again.
But the goats, prostitutes and the rodeo clown are ready and we've got a coke line from here to Kalamazoo.
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I woudln't like to live in a place known for hookers and drugs.

in case there was a misunderstanding to what i said i wouldn't want to live in a place known for hookers and drugs either. i meant that its sad how they think by closing down a few places they're in control and being known for drugs and prostitutes is justified
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Goodbye tourist money then. They're basically shooting themselves in the foot, even though what theyre doing is good.



Amsterdam will always have a booming tourist trade, red light district or not. Only idiots know about it just for the district.
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Better than the government tacitly promoting prostitution and drugs.

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I'm wondering whether this will do anything to lower the city's crime rates. Seems rather unlikely to me to be honest.


C. U. next tuesday.


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i am going in 3 weeks. It will be good in the cafes because they will be less but more busy and more full of smoke. Hope the greenhouse effect doesnt close i LOVE that bar.
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Depends. We'll have to talk about this if you're going to wreak havoc on the hotel room again.
But the goats, prostitutes and the rodeo clown are ready and we've got a coke line from here to Kalamazoo.


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Amsterdam will always have a booming tourist trade, red light district or not. Only idiots know about it just for the district.


So that's like 80% of the tourists then?
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#28
So instead of placing stricter regulations on the shops they instead shut them down which forces their business onto the black market... brilliant.
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Shush you When I last went, the museums were crazy packed. Very romantic city is Amsterdam as well.



I agree. Van Gogh museum is good but Anne Franks house is pretty boring. They should have put in some nazi mannequins to spice it up a bit.
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Shush you When I last went, the museums were crazy packed. Very romantic city is Amsterdam as well.


Yeah sure they were packed... WITH IDIOT TOURISTS!!!

No really it's a great city. I love those medieval towns. It's on my list for places to go next summer.
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#33
Oh wow, I really hope it's just Amsterdam's way to justify charging more for their stuff(which isn't good, but better than the latter) and not finally caving into political pressure
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Yeah sure they were packed... WITH IDIOT TOURISTS!!!

No really it's a great city. I love those medieval towns. It's on my list for places to go next summer.


My old man was giving us the ol' tour once, and there's very interesting things that people may not notice- on the canals, the houses often have pully mechanisms protruding out the front of the house on the top floor- for people to life goods off of boats etc.
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I agree. Van Gogh museum is good but Anne Franks house is pretty boring. They should have put in some nazi mannequins to spice it up a bit.




Meh, can't say, I cared too much about Amsterdam in the first place. I'd still like to visit it though.
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Tourism is going to decline.
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My old man was giving us the ol' tour once, and there's very interesting things that people may not notice- on the canals, the houses often have pully mechanisms protruding out the front of the house on the top floor- for people to life goods off of boats etc.


That sounds pretty cool. I love exploring so I probably won't even go to the tourist traps.

But I want to ride one of those bikes that are like tandem bikes, only circular. If anyones heard of those (cant find them on google pics )
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Amsterdam will always have a booming tourist trade, red light district or not. Only idiots know about it just for the district.


Yeah, cos there's that house place, with that book and the girl, and some bad guys and someone dies. Right?
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Good for you, Amsterdam. It's seriously an embarrassment for them when their finest city is known by the world only for their red light district.

Get a new finest city? Seriously, that's a bummer for the amsterdamians /noclue
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