Hookers Union Sues Amsterdam City Hall December 29, 2006Posted by Michael in Ducks, Economics.
Mrs. Michael has relatives in Amsterdam, and we have heard about how the libertine Dutch attitude towards prostitution and drugs has made this wonderful city a magnet for organized crime in Europe, and one of the world capitals of sex tourism.
The merchandise is displayed so that customers can window shop.
Brothel owners in Amsterdam’s red light district have taken the city council to court over its decision to close a number of sex businesses.
The council is demanding the closure of 33 brothels, which account for around a third of the district’s sex businesses, by the end of the year.
The prostitutes union says the move will force many women to work illegally.
But the attempts by the Dutch to be “open-minded” about sex have resulted in a seamy underside to the city of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam’s mayor, Job Cohen, claims that many sex businesses are fronts for criminal activity, such as women trafficking and money laundering.
But the prostitutes’ union, the Red Thread, which represents 20,000 prostitutes, argues that closing legal brothels will force many women onto the streets.
Something is profoundly wrong with that.