City to raise legal age for prostitutes

2013-02-26 20:26
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Amsterdam - Amsterdam's mayor says the city plans to raise the minimum age of prostitutes from 18 to 21 and force brothels to close in the early morning hours.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Eberhard van der Laan said the decision follows from a desire to crack down on crime in the city's famed Red Light District and protect sex workers - mostly women - from abuse.

Van der Laan said the windows, where scantily clad sex workers try to entice customers, would be closed from 04:00 to 09:00.

Prostitution was legalised in the Netherlands in 2006, and has been tolerated in Amsterdam for centuries, but the city has been tightening the rules and shuttered a third of the brothel windows in the period 2007-2009.

- AP
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