Red Light Amsterdam Endangered
Many travelers to Amsterdam are expecting to find something more than tulips and canals. It's a place where window-shopping means more than just looking at the latest fashions, and you can observe many of the kinds of activities not practised so publicly in other parts of the world. This famously open and free-thinking city even has a Prostitute Information Centre for anyone to learn about the industry; one-hour tours are even available, guided by former prostitutes.
So it's with more than a little concern that news from Amsterdam this week reports the iminent closure of almost half of the licensed businesses in the Red Light District. Licenses can be revoked when a link to criminal money is proved or--as is argued in this case--merely suspected.
Let's be honest, some of us just want to poke around Amsterdam to see a little of the other side; kind of like adventure travel. If they're going to take that away, we'll be stuck with New Zealand's Boobs on Bikes for entertainment and the way the police down there are complaining, there mightn't even be any good knockers for us to ogle.
[Image via Rinaface/Flickr]
Amsterdam Closes Red Light District [News from Amsterdam]
New Zealand Appreciates the Human Form [Jaunted]