Red Light District

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.

May 22 '15 13:05

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has found a party that is interested in the premises of the brothel the municipality aims to open. The municipality announced in February that it wants to set up a brothel that is run by prostitutes themselves.

May 19 '15 10:32

Two Hungarian prostitutes who were exploited by pimps in turn exploited three women in the red light district. The human trafficking case, which has been dragging on since 2009, appeared in court on Monday.

May 1 '15 08:39

Proud, the association for sex workers, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Amsterdam on behalf of the at least 24 window prostitutes who are unable to use their workplaces in the red light district from today. Today, May 1st, the Netherlands celebrates Labor Day.

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Apr 24 '15 18:23

A former police station on Warmoesstraat in Amsterdam could become a national police museum. Real estate company NV Zeedijk wants to buy the property and turn the notorious police station into a tourist attraction, ANP reported on Friday.

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Apr 20 '15 08:43

Ludwina D., the Dutch Central Bank employee who was recently dismissed because of her second job as SM mistress, is also suspected by the municipality of Amsterdam of housing fraud. According to Het Parool, D. and her husband have been illegally renting out their apartment in the Red Light District.

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Apr 10 '15 08:10

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan received a petition from some 200 sex workers and sympathizers on Thursday, AT5 reports. The protest was organized by PROUD, the association for sex workers, against the closing of window brothels in Amsterdam

Apr 9 '15 10:39

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has decided to close part of an Amsterdam window prostitution business because serious abuses were detected, the city municipality announced in a press release. The business will now continue with 29 instead of 47 windows.

Apr 7 '15 13:37

The association for sex workers PROUD has organized a demonstration against the closing of window brothels in Amsterdam on Thursday, when Project 1012 appears on the City Council Agenda.

Mar 13 '15 11:29

Pop star Katy Perry recently dropped in on the Red Light District in Amsterdam. She posted a picture of herself in front of the High Snack bar on on Wijde Kerksteeg Instagram. The picture has already received more than 460 thousand likes.

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Feb 27 '15 13:08

The court in Istanbul today sentenced Shaban B. to 7 years and 9 months in a Turkish prison for human trafficking and participation in a criminal organization, NU reports. B. has appealed the ruling

Feb 5 '15 23:49

A new plan approved by Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and the city’s aldermen will try to strip the seediness from the Dutch capital’s famed prostitution business by making sex workers more like entrepreneurs, but the plan could turn the city into a brothel owner. The city is teaming up with non-profit organisation HVO-Querido to help guide some women working in the Red Light District into more career-focused people, while also making good on its pledge to reduce abuse and exploitation in the sex industry.

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Oct 15 '14 11:11

Tomorrow, during the Red Bull Studios Playrooms in the Wallen, iconic clubs of the 80's and 90's will be brought back to life, with the DJ's of the time behind the turntables.

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Oct 3 '14 15:21

Three crimes per month could be prevented by placing a loud and visible alarm in window prostitution businesses.

Sep 25 '14 13:29

New regulations concerning the hygiene of sex toy have sparked a quarrel between Red Light District window operators and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. As part of the new licensing conditions, operators themselves will be made responsible for ensuring that sex toys maintain proper hygiene standards.

Sep 25 '14 12:35

The City of Amsterdam will impose exclusion orders on dealers who sell fake drugs in the late night entertainment districts Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. Dealers who parade disguise flour or detergent as cocaine will receive a weekend ban from the square.

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Sep 19 '14 13:29

Amsterdam Mayor Ebehard van der Laan decided not to renew the permit of a major prostitution business in the Wallen. This means that 47 window brothels will have to close.

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Aug 25 '14 08:52

Sunday saw thousands of interested visitors to Amsterdam's Red Light District for a behind-the-scenes look tour of the attraction on the Wallen. Mariska Majoor of the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) tells AT5 that there were between 2000 and 3000 visitors.

Jul 3 '14 12:37

At least one policeman fired his gun at a vehicle in Amsterdam following an attack on two police officers. The officers were checking cars for involvement in high impact crimes during a traffic stop in Nieuwmarkt when the driver suddenly pulled out crashing into one of the cops, police said in a statement.

Dec 5 '13 04:31

The plan of the district administration Centrum to extend paid parking till 2 o'clock in the morning, will be implemented. With this new measure the district wants to reduce parking pressure for local residents.

Nov 19 '13 04:45

An increase in the number of home prostitutes in Amsterdam concerns the CDA and SP deeply. The two parties asked Mayor Van der Laan to explain how he plans to address the problem, reports Metro

Nov 15 '13 04:44

Till the end of this year visitors to the Red Light District are informed about the abuses in the Red Light District and other red light districts. The CDA wants the trafficking in women and prostitution to be denounced, reports Metro

Sep 21 '13 02:11

The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: Police find Afghan dead listings, Explosion Didam Kills Two People, JSF, What Now?, Yab Yum now open to everybody, and
Four Dutch Beers Win In Munich.

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