The first meeting to discuss the future of Amsterdam’s Red Light District was met with disagreement and polarizing opinions on Wednesday evening at the Compagnietheater, the 18th century former church that sits in De Wallen. The meeting, organized by Mayor Femke Halsema, gathered residents, sex workers, and entrepreneurs who will be affected by the proposed changes for the area.
Mayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam is currently exploring various options for a new prostitution policy in the Red Light District. One of the options she is considering is closing all the window brothels in the area, NU.nl reports.
According to the mayor, the situation in the center of Amsterdam increasingly "dire" due to the continuing suspicions of human trafficking and the growth of unlicensed prostitution. "It forces us to put the prostitution policy on the agenda again", she said in a letter to the city council on Wednesday.
Amsterdam will ban guided group tours along the window brothels in the Red Light District, the city announced in a press statement. The municipality is currently working out how to legally implement the ban.
My Red Light, the sex worker-run window brothel that opened in Amsterdam's Red Light District in May last year, is facing financial difficulties. The brothel can't find anyone to rent its rooms over day due to the municipality's strict rules on who can rent the rooms, and strict screenings on sex workers who work there, board member Marcel Heyman said on Facebook.
The Amsterdam police arrested a man for assaulting several people in the Red Light District on Saturday.
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.
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.