Amsterdam’s Prostitutes Protest Window Closures in the Red Light District
You can bet tourists want to keep those windows open too.
A new plan by the city of Amsterdam to reduce the number of brothel windows in the city’s famed Red Light District has made prostitutes take to the streets in a protest to get their windows back. Around 200 people, both prostitutes and their supporters, marched through the Red Light District this Thursday, wearing masks to protect their identities. The protesters marched all the way into Amsterdam’s city hall, where they presented Mayor Eberhard van der Laan with a petition stating that the window closures were depriving them of safe workplaces.
Ruth Morgan-Thomas, representative of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, said that Amsterdam’s plan was not in the prostitutes’ best interest. “Amsterdam had it right,” she said. “They enabled women and men and transgenders to work safely. Now they are closing windows. That makes people more vulnerable.” Van der Laan said that the protest was unnecessary, as the municipal council was already planning on cutting spending, which would reduce the number of window closures. Protesters, however, were hoping that some of the 115 windows that have already been closed could be re-opened, so the debate may be ongoing.