Sex workers are not a tourist attraction

Amsterdam intends to ban guided tours of the Red Light District in an effort to combat crowds and respect the work of the women in the district. 

Eliza Archer
Eliza Archer NewsMavens, Europe
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Why this story matters:

Tour groups will soon disappear from Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District as the city introduces a ban on guided tours in the area as of January 1, 2020.

Amsterdam’s Deputy Mayor Udo Kock stated "We are going to ban tours of the prostitution windows, not only to combat crowds in the Red Light District, but especially because it is not respectful towards sex workers. It is no longer appropriate to see sex workers as a tourist attraction.”

The municipality highlighted the attraction of free tours, which tourists can participate in at no cost (though tips are encouraged), which have a “magnetic effect” on the amount of participants.

Details from the story:

  • The municipality is in discussions about how to implement the ban.
  • Paid and free tours will be included in the ban, as well as actions that recruit or encourage tourists to participate in such a tour.
  • People who choose to participate in a tour after the ban is implemented will have to pay an “entertainment tax”.
  • Tours in the rest of the city will still be permitted, though the permitted size of tour groups will be lowered to 15.
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