Even though prostitution is legal in Holland, organised crime is firmly embedded in the Amsterdam Red Light District.Since it’s not possible to obtain a work visa for prostitution for foreigners, many come here illegally through organised crime networks.This has steeply increased the number of shops in the city center selling fake Delfts Blue, weed-related products, smoking accessories and wooden shoes.This comes at the expense of shops offering products and services for locals. You may be contributing to drug-related crime and nuisance It is estimated that a significant part of the eight million tourists that visit Amsterdam every year comes to consume drugs such as weed, cocaine, mushrooms and more.I’ve seen them suddenly stop in the middle of the road to take a picture of a canal, ride next to each other in small streets blocking all other traffic, take the wrong way on the cycling path and get stuck in the tram rails.Between 20 the number of cyclists who were severely injured increased by 50 percent.Ruth Morgan-Thomas, from Global Network of Sex Work Projects, said the city was going in the wrong direction by closing the windows. "They enabled women and men and transgenders to work safely. That makes people more vulnerable." Thousands of prostitutes from poor countries More than 100 of the city's approximately 500 red-and-pink-lit windows have been closed during recent years, with dozens more planned for closure.However, that now appears unlikely to happen, since the council has already reduced the funding intended for that part of the project.
Accounts of forced labor and sexual exploitation through networks of violent pimps and loverboys are grueling. Your Airbnb rental may be driving up rental prices for locals The number of tourists in Amsterdam has grown and will keep growing massively.
dj/rc (AP, AFP) Italy's capital may soon have a red light district.
Authorities in Rome have approved a plan to allow prostitution in a business center to the south of the city. () Victorya left her home country Moldova to pursue the dream of a better life as a waitress in Greece.
"Sex is a legal career in the Netherlands and we need support, we want to be taken seriously by politicians," said a spokeswoman for the prostitutes cited by Dutch press agency ANP.
Prostitution has been legal in the Netherlands for the last 15 years.