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Netherlands: Amsterdam bans tours around red-light district

May 2019

Amsterdam is to ban guided tours around its red-light district from January 2020.

The city’s Deputy Mayor Udo Kock said it is no longer appropriate to see prostitution ‘as a tourist attraction’.

Prostitution was legalised in the Netherlands in 2000, but for more than a decade Dutch policy makers, police and citizens have admitted it has failed to curb crime or protect women.

British author and anti-prostitution campaigner Julie Bindel said that under this regime, ‘trafficking and pimping has increased, organised crime is rife, and the women are not protected from violence’.