Window prostitution set to return to Utrecht

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Women working on the Zandpad houseboats in Utrecht. June 29, 2009 (photo: Mario Arias / Flickr). (Women working on the Zandpad houseboats in Utrecht. June 29, 2009 (photo: Mario Arias / Flickr))

There is a good chance that the city of Utrecht will have window prostitution again in 2017, Mayor Jan van Zanen wrote in a letter to the city council on Thursday. A builder was found that wants to construct 162 workplaces in the area designated for window brothel, and a sex worker wants to open a business on Hardebollenstraat, ANP reports

The builder plans to build the window brothel buildings with different facades and have vegetation at the rear of the premises so that the buildings suit the are. Mayor Van Zanen expects that he will get the official green light in the summer.

Sex worker Caja van Tolie wants to open seventeen windows in Hardebolenstraat for her business Freya. She wants the prostitutes there to work on a freelancing basis. The municipality did not actually want prostitution back in Hardebollenstraat, but is considering the Freya plan. The municipality will discuss the plan late February.

Window brothels disappeared from Utrecht in 2013. The municipality withdrew all permits due to suspicions of human trafficking and exploitation.

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