Turn off Amsterdam's red light — call
30 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Head of the biggest political party in Amsterdam calls for gradual closure of the city's infamous, but legal, window prostitution zone.
30 November 2005
AMSTERDAM — Head of the biggest political party in Amsterdam calls for gradual closure of the city's infamous, but legal, window prostitution zone.
Chairman of the Amsterdam branch of the Labour Party (PvdA), Lodewijk Asscher, 31, made the suggestion in his book 'Nieuw Amsterdam' (New Amsterdam) published on Wednesday. In it he wrote, "Rather a tourist attraction than complicity in the abuse of women".
Asscher said Amsterdammers would have no reason to be proud of the red light district — known locally as "De Wallen" — "if we know the window prostitution in Amsterdam is under the control of a small number of criminals; if we know that forced prostitution is at play for a lot of the women; and if we know that Amsterdam is a golden market for lover boys".
Lover boys is the Dutch term for men who befriend young women and shower them with gifts before forcing them to work as prostitutes.
Asscher said women who wanted to earn their living by prostitution would be better off working in a brothel.
In his book, Asscher described his vision of Amsterdam of the future as a mix of New York and the old Europe: dynamic and energetic; international and tolerant with good social services and deep-rooted solidarity.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news