No rise in street prostitution

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6 July 2005, AMSTERDAM - The closure of the 'tippelzone' on the Theemsweg in the capital has not increased street prostitution elsewhere in the city, according to a report by the University of Amsterdam’s Bonger Instituut which the city government released on Wednesday. The Amsterdam city council said the finding shows that the legal street-prostitution zone should not be reopened.

6 July 2005

AMSTERDAM - The closure of the 'tippelzone' on the Theemsweg in the capital has not increased street prostitution elsewhere in the city, according to a report by the University of Amsterdam’s Bonger Instituut which the city government released on Wednesday. The Amsterdam city council said the finding shows that the legal street-prostitution zone should not be reopened.

The city shut down the zone on 15 December 2003. About fifty women sell sex on the streets of Amsterdam each day. Most are drug addicts known to care workers and did not work on the Theemsweg.

Many of those who did have disappeared from sight. Some were deported; others moved to zones in other cities such as Utrecht and The Hague; and a few became window prostitutes.

Dutch and other Western European street prostitutes are still occasionally found working in Amsterdam, but Eastern European, Latin American and African ones are rare.

The study, done from February to December 2004, did not look at window prostitution and other legal forms.

Amsterdam city council member Belliot commissioned the study to collect information about access to care services for street prostitutes.

The study also found hidden prostitution taking place in Amsterdam-Zuidoost and Amsterdam-West.

Belliot wants women doing such work to use care services. She also seeks to collect more information about this group.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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