Red Light District

Police guard in a detention center
Feb 19 '18 13:50

A man seriously injured himself when he wanted to express his dissatisfaction about an Amsterdam sex worker by breaking the window of a brothel in the Red Light District during the early hours of Sunday morning, AT5 reports.

The man sustained some sever cuts on his back and had to be taken to hospital, where he received multiple sutures, according to the broadcaster.

After treatment, he was arrested and spent the rest of the night in a cell. 

Amsterdam's Red Light District
Jan 31 '18 14:20

Amsterdam is implementing stricter rules for guided tours through the Red Light District from April, the city announced. The new rules, which are intended to reduce crowds in the busy area and to protect the privacy of sex workers, include a ban on tour groups larger than 20 people, and not allowing photographs to be taken of sex workers. 

"The number of organized tours has increased considerably in recent years. At the busiest moments, such as between 11 and 12 in the morning, 27 groups visit the Oudekerksplein in an hour", the city of Amsterdam said in a statement. 

Jozias van Aartsen, Ahmed Aboutaleb
Jan 2 '18 11:49

In his first New Year's Day address to Amsterdam, Acting Mayor Jozias van Aartsen praised Amsterdam as a respected capital city, one that "feels connected to the rest of the country." The annual address lauded efforts to reduce overcrowding in the city center, the development of new neighborhoods and hotspots, and focused attention on continued need for public transit investment.

Crowd monitoring at Amsterdam Centraal, 20 Dec 2017
Dec 20 '17 16:30

The city of Amsterdam is implementing a crowd monitoring system to help keep the city safe and accessible for residents and visitors during the busy Christmas season. The system uses smart cameras and WiFi sensors to measure pedestrian traffic on the street. This data is analyzed and used by the police and municipality to make decisions on crowd control, the city announced in a press release.

Taxi
Dec 5 '17 14:10

Amsterdam Centrum wants to reduce traffic problems in the Red Light District by closing certain roads to taxis at night. The district proposed a 6 month experiment in which taxis will not be allowed on several streets around the Red Light District between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from Thursday night to Monday morning, Het Parool reports.

Police guard in a detention center
Nov 20 '17 15:10

The police arrested a total of 148 suspects in a so-called 'civilian action' in Amsterdam's Red Light District over the weekend. Arrests were made for public drug use, possession of hard drugs, drug dealing, mugging and pickpocketing, AT5 reports.

A massive 72 of the arrests were drug related. 15 people were arrested for begging, and 18 for disrupting public order. Two muggers and two pickpockets were arrested. And another man was taken to the police station for carrying pepper spray.

Crime scene tape
Jul 24 '17 08:26

The bodyguard of Amsterdam sex club owner Jan Otten was shot in the leg during an armed robbery early on Sunday morning. He was injured while fighting with two men trying to rob Otten.

The armed robbery happened in front of Otten's home on Hilverbeekstraat. Otten told the Telegraaf that he is "properly shaken up" by the incident. "I shouted at my guard: give them the bag, but he's not afraid of anything and first pushed me into my home and then went to fight with the robbers."

Wallen
Jun 19 '17 12:25

The city of Amsterdam is launching an experiment on Monday in which surveillance cameras and WiFi sensors will be used to snap pictures in the Red Light District to monitor crowds. In this way the municipality wants to find out whether it is necessary to better manage the flow of people through the area, to prevent unmanageable crowds, AD reports. 

The experiment starts Monday and lasts for four weeks. It will be done in Stoofsteeg, Oudekennissteeg and part of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal. 

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.

Camel in Morocco
Jun 5 '17 10:45

After 'arresting' an escaped bull on 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.

My Red Light district windows in Amsterdam on Boomsteeg
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.

Tourists in Amsterdam over Easter 2017
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.

Taxi
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.

collegas-op-straat
Nov 2 '16 13:30

Five friends of Robert Gerritsen are now also being prosecuted for a fight in Amsterdam's Red Light District 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.

aanhouding-op-straat
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

man-wordt-geboeid-afgevoerd arrest
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.

Police officers talking to witnesses at a crime scene
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.

collegas-op-straat
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.

man-wordt-geboeid-afgevoerd arrest
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

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