Local residents and sex workers confront the mayor of Amsterdam over plan to move the city´s historic Red Light District to the suburbs
A controversial plan by the mayor of Amsterdam has resulted in local residents of the city being outraged after the she announced the decision to shift the Red Light District to the suburbs.
According to Euronews on Tuesday, April 11, Amsterdam´s mayor Femke Halsema was confronted by residents during a meeting in southern part of the city, where hundreds of people teamed up to protest stating that don’t want a “mega brothel” in their neighbourhood.
On the other hand, sex workers from the Red Light District have also insisted that they want to stay where they are, and are “being scapegoated for complaints about crime, drunkenness and drug abuse in the area”.
Although the proposed plan could still take several years, the municipality of Amsterdam is reportedly aiming to finish the process of finalizing the location for relocation by the end of 2023.
Halsema was also previously confronted by sex workers in March after dozens of them wearing masks protested at the city hall, as they carried banners that read, “Save the Red Light”.
They claim that this decision would “harm their livelihoods”, as they feel “unsafe”.
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