Rotterdam shuts door on street prostitutes

17th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 March 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Rotterdam Council has decided against offering non-drug addicted street prostitutes an alternative area to ply their trade when the city's tolerated street sex zone is closed at the end of 2005.

17 March 2004

AMSTERDAM — Rotterdam Council has decided against offering non-drug addicted street prostitutes an alternative area to ply their trade when the city's tolerated street sex zone is closed at the end of 2005.

The Rotterdam executive council — made up of Mayor Ivo Opstelten and the city's aldermen and women — resolved on Tuesday that the number of non-drug addicted prostitutes working in the zone was not significant enough to allocate a new area to them.

There are on average 12 non-drug addicted prostitutes working at any given time on the Keileweg, the city's street prostitution zone, news agency Novum reported.
  
The council had earlier started searching for a new, accessible work area for the affected sex workers to ensure a smooth closure of the Keileweg. But is said the number of active, non-addicted permit holders was too small to approve a permit for a new "erotic centre".

The Rotterdam Council voted in 2002 that the city's street prostitution area or tippelzone should close because of ongoing crime and public disturbance problems.

Due to the large amount of drug dealers and drug addicts hanging around the area, the zone was classified as being an uncontrollable drugs scene.

Amsterdam Council closed its street prostitution zone in the western harbour area at the end of 2003 as a result of ongoing problems with organised crime and the illegal trafficking of women.

Prostitute lobby groups and some healthcare workers criticised the move, saying that the women who worked there would be forced elsewhere and would disappear from the protective supervision and treatment offered by the authorities.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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