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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Amsterdam Mayor At It Again

Job Cohen:

"The romantic picture of the area is outdated if you see the abuses in the sex industry and that is why the council has to act," he said. "We don't want to get rid of prostitution but we do want to cut crime significantly."

Cohen said the city wanted to partially reverse the full legalization of prostitution introduced in the Netherlands in 2000 because it had not achieved its aim of bringing the profession out of the shadows and protecting sex workers
I'm not sure there's anything new here. Sounds like more of the same rhetoric from the Mayor, with a few creeps of increased regulation like increasing the legal age of prostitutes from 18-21.

This woman however, has it right:

Mariska Majoor, a former prostitute who now runs an information center in the red light district, said the city's plans could force hundreds of women out of work or underground.

"Where should the women go?" she asked. "They are only talking about criminals and gangsters. We're talking about a legal profession here ... They completely ignore the hundreds of women who are working of their own free will."
Full story here.

P.S. I hope this doesn't cut into the Amsterdam mainstay of scary, brutish, and completely British tourists that will make any American wonder how we got such a bad name overseas. The Brits are absolute animals anywhere, but throw them in Amsterdam? Forget about it...

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