17:43 08/07/2019 | 7newstar.com
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Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District could be set to get a major overhaul
(Travel) The city's mayor Femke Halsema has unveiled a host of proposals which would include making key changes such as banning sex workers from being visible from the streets, as well as closing down some brothels. For example, closing curtains could be introduced in the famous windows that line the streets of historic areas such as the De Wallen area and brothels around the Singel canal.
Other proposals include relocating the brothels from the city centre in order to reduce the crowds of tourists who flock to the district. The proposals are predominantly to protect the rights of the sex workers who have become a tourist attraction in the area.
There are other concerns involved too, such as human trafficking, fraud and money laundering. The mayor is set to hold meetings with residents, businesses and sex workers over the coming months before taking the proposals to the city council later this year.
Currently guided tours can have up to 20 participants, but this will change to a maximum of 15 people as part of the new regulations. The new rules won't ban tourists from wandering through the neighbourhood on their own accord - it will just be guided tours which will be affected.
The Municipality of Amsterdam explained that the new rules were a result of the tours which are not respectful towards sex workers, while also causing over-crowding and too much foot traffic.