Red Light District

Tourists gather in Amsterdam's Red Light District, 8 Jun 2017
Jun 8 '17 12:40

The Amsterdam police deployed a special team to fight crime in and around the Red Light District. Over the past five days, this team made a total of 118 arrests, the police said on Facebook.

Arrests were made for a number of crimes, including selling fake and real drugs, violating area bans, weapon possession and violating the immigration law, according to the police. 

The special team was made up of members of the neighborhood team and target group teams. The officers were dressed in civilian clothes and focused on the "main nuisances in our area", the police write.

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Jun 5 '17 10:45

Afteron Friday, the Amsterdam police also had to deal with a camel in the Red Light District on Saturday. A group of men marched the camel through the famous Amsterdam neighborhood as part of a bachelor party. The camel supervisor was arrested for an outstanding fine, Het Parool reports.

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May 12 '17 14:30

In a city center that is filled with co-working spaces, it is not particularly surprising that a new hub for sex workers in Amsterdam's famed Red Light District is using ideas like flexible room rental agreements, a website showing who is working at any given time and what their skills are, and a sort-of networking lounge like those seen in many of the city's shared working environments. My Red Light was unveiled to journalists on Friday, over two years after the city's mayor first floated the idea of a brothel completely managed and run by sex workers.

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Apr 14 '17 15:32

With Airbnb locations booked solid and hotels filled to capacity, Amsterdam city hall has authorized the use of a police traffic management plan normally rolled out exclusively for massive events. A constant stream of tourists dragging suitcases behind them could be seen all Friday morning and afternoon, while restaurants, shops and attractions in Leidseplein, Dam Square, the Red Light District and the Nieuwmarkt were bursting at the seams.

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Jan 10 '17 09:56

The Amsterdam police are being flooded with complaints about taxis, the Amsterdam Centrum-Burgwallen department said on Facebook. Most complaints come from the Amsterdam city center and Red Light District area.

According to the police, residents and companies complain about taxi drivers stopping wherever they want to pick up and drop off passengers. They park where no parking is allowed, on the sidewalk or simply in the middle of the road. 

Amsterdam's Red Light District
Nov 30 '16 17:00

The Amsterdam mayor and aldermen want to hire more undercover officers to police the Red Light District, mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote to the city council. The council previously agreed that no more than 25 external undercover officers will be hired, but the mayor believes that more is necessary, Het Parool reports.

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Nov 2 '16 13:30

Five friends of Robert Gerritsen are now also being prosecuted for a in which Gerritsen was killed, Het Parol reports.

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Oct 21 '16 16:25

Three Romanian suspects arrested in Brussels on October 8th for involvement in a fatal brawl in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, were extradited to the Netherlands, the Belgian authorities announced on Friday, ANP reports. 

The fight early in September left 32-year-old Robert Gerritsen in a coma. He later died of his injuries. It was initially thought that Gerritsen in his friends tried to calm the fight on Oudezijds Achterburgwal, but camera footage later showed that this was not the case. They were active participants in the fight.

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Oct 12 '16 08:16

The police arrested three Romanian men on suspicion of involvement in a brawl in the Amsterdam Red Light District that resulted in the death of Robert Gerritsen.

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Oct 4 '16 09:44

As of January 1st beer bikes are no longer welcome in large parts of Amsterdam city center. The municipality decided they cause too much trouble

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Sep 19 '16 11:30

The Amsterdam police arrested nine people on Saturday night after a brawl in the Red Light District. Three people were injured. Two had to go to the hospital, though their injuries were not too serious

Sep 14 '16 08:58

Surveillance camera footage of a fight in Amsterdam's Red Light District in one man was killed, was released on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday night. The police hope that information from the public will lead to arrests.

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Sep 5 '16 12:10

The 32-year-old man seriously injured in a fight in Amsterdam's Red Light District on Saturday night, passed away of his injuries on Monday morning, the police announced.

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Sep 5 '16 08:25

A fight in Amsterdam's Red Light District on Saturday night left one man in a coma. The police are looking for witnesses.

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Aug 29 '16 09:06

The Amsterdam police arrested a man for assaulting several people in the Red Light District on Saturday.

Apr 28 '16 14:50

A 51-year-old man and his two sons were severely assaulted by a group of about 15 people in the Groningen city center on King's Day. The group fled after the attack

Apr 1 '16 11:20

On Thursday night a number of lucky Amsterdam residents and visitors had dinner in one of seven unusual locations, ranging from a window brothel in the Red Light District to the turf in the Amsterdam Arena. The night was a great success. Each one of the locations sold out and only positive responses can be seen on social media.

Mar 9 '16 13:05

Amsterdam residents and visitors looking for an unique dining experience, can look forward to March 31st. On that night the capital city will be the host of seven popup restaurants in strange and special locations, including one behind a window brothel in the Red Light District.

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Jan 7 '16 15:05

Amsterdam is launching a trial run with unlimited store opening hours - in which stores can decide when they are open, even 24 hours a day - sometime this spring, newswire ANP reports.

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Nov 19 '15 17:09

A plan to encourage sex workers in Amsterdam's famed Red Light District to develop their chosen profession in a more entrepreneurial fashion by managing their own brothel took a big step forward after a feasibility study conducted by the city showed a good likelihood of success. "It is good for the empowerment of sex workers," Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said at a press conference on Thursday, praising the notion that more sex workers could gain more independence.

Oct 2 '15 13:28

Dutch brothel owners must speak at least one common language with the sex workers they rent space to, according to a Thursday ruling handed down by the European Court of Justice. The court made the decision as it is a way to guarantee the safety of the women, reduction of human trafficking, and to help prevent pimping.

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Aug 4 '15 12:26

The police arrested 19 people in the Amsterdam Red Light District on Monday night after two fights between Ajax and Rapid Wien supporters.

Jun 15 '15 19:10

"It's a funny, playful project and not meant to be a statement," artist Luis Risi says of his street art project, "The Red Mice District. The pieces feature mice made to look like pin-up girls in risqué outfits, each mounted in a white frame with a bright red light shining upon them. He had no intention of making a moral judgment or proclamation about prostitution when he started hanging his street art pictures around De Wallen, Amsterdam’s most famous Red Light District.

Jun 2 '15 11:33

The case of four men suspected of human trafficking appeared in the court in Amsterdam on Monday. These men, who were window operators for a room rental business in the Red Light District, exploited women for a period of 5 years between 2004 and 2010, according to the Public Prosecutor.

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