Amsterdam to Move Red Light District Brothels to new Erotic Center

Amsterdam to Move Red Light District Brothels to new Erotic Center
Amsterdam to Move Red Light District Brothels to new Erotic Center
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Written by Harry Johnson

Prostitution is legal in designated areas with a license in the capital of the Netherlands.


Amsterdam authorities have announced their new scheme to move the notorious Red Light District to a designated Erotic Center in the southern area of Dutch capital city. The plan aims to transform the district’s notorious reputation, decrease the influx of tourists, and combat the occurrence of crimes in the region.

Prostitution is permitted in designated areas with a license in the constitutional capital of the Netherlands. The exact number of sex workers in the city remains unknown, but reports from local media suggest that there are approximately 250 active windows in the red light district.

Amsterdam’s Mayor Femke Halsema announced that the new Erotic Center would be situated on Europa Boulevard, which had been determined to be the most appropriate site for the venue. Halsema, a vocal opponent of the traditional red light district known as De Wallen, expressed her disapproval of the area where sex workers wait for customers in neon-lit windows along the canals.

“This choice will be now presented to the city council early next year,” Halsema said in a statement, adding that it is expected to take seven years for the center to open.

The city council will receive this proposal for consideration in the beginning of next year, said Halsema. The establishment of the center is expected to take up to seven years.

The Erotic Center, with 100 rooms for sex workers, was proposed to be located at Europa Boulevard, near Amsterdam’s business district, among three potential sites.

The mayor’s statement stated that the Erotic Center’s windows will solely be situated within the building. This decision aims to counter sightseeing tourism and deter disruptive groups.

Amsterdam has recently introduced a campaign called ‘stay away’ with the aim of discouraging tourism, primarily focusing on British males between the ages of 18 and 35.

However, new drastic plan, occurring in the midst of attempts to change Amsterdam’s reputation as a leading European destination for nightlife, has faced backlash from sex workers, as well as individuals and businesses in proximity to the planned Erotic Center.

“It’s mainly about combating the crowds in De Wallen, but that is not the sex workers’ fault so I don’t see why we should be punished for it,” an unnamed prostitute said, according to The Guardian in October. She added that Halsema’s plans amount to “one big gentrification project.”

According to an unidentified sex worker quoted by local media, the primary issue revolves around dealing with the influx of large number of people in De Wallen. However, the sex workers are not the one who bare the blame for this situation and they should not be penalized for it, she said, adding that Halsema’s proposals are nothing but a comprehensive gentrification endeavor.

The relocation has faced opposition from the European Medicines Agency as well, as they expressed concerns about the proximity of the center to their headquarters and the potential risk to their staff working late at night. Additionally, a petition against the transfer has garnered tens of thousands of signatures, with supporters advocating for increased police presence in De Wallen instead.

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Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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