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Amsterdam will create ‘erotic center’ to relieve pressure on the Red Light District

Amsterdam will create an ‘erotic center’ with sex theaters, rooms for prostitutes and a glass roof, so gamblers can ‘look at the stars’ under plans to clean the red-light district

  • The mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, has vowed to clean the red-light district
  • She suggested creating an ‘erotic center’ to relieve pressure on the infamous area
  • Center would contain 100 sex rooms, beauty salons and a glass ceiling
  • Other options are a smaller ‘sex hotel’ with which guests can book online

Amsterdam could have a gigantic ‘erotic center’, complete with prostitutes, beauty salons and a glass ceiling under plans to reduce the pressure on the Red Light District.

Mayor Femke Halsema unveiled the plan on Monday after consultation with sex workers, tourists and the local population about ways to free the notorious neighborhood of Amsterdam from ‘nuisance’ tourists.

The other option is to create a smaller ‘sex hotel’ that allows guests to book online to reduce foot traffic.

Amsterdam could have a five-storey 'erotic center', complete with 100 sex rooms, restaurants, hairdressers and even a glass ceiling under plans to reduce pressure on the Red Light District

Amsterdam could have a five-storey ‘erotic center’, complete with 100 sex rooms, restaurants, hairdressers and even a glass ceiling under plans to reduce pressure on the Red Light District

Halsema said her preferred option was the creation of an “erotic center,” which would have everything that the Red Light District currently has, but in a stand-alone space.

The five-storey building would accommodate 100 sex workers, restaurants, hairdressers, beauty salons and tanning salons.

A sex club and an erotic theater can also be added to the building, Halsema said.

Mayor Femke Halsema revealed the proposal after a city-wide consultation on how to stop overcrowding and problematic behavior

Mayor Femke Halsema revealed the proposal after a city-wide consultation on how to stop overcrowding and problematic behavior

Mayor Femke Halsema revealed the proposal after a city-wide consultation on how to stop overcrowding and problematic behavior

The interior of the building would be of ‘high quality’ with rooms that open onto a central courtyard with ‘good but intimate lighting’.

The roof can also be made of glass’for daylight or to look at the stars’.

Locations for the new center have not yet been discussed, but Halsema said she prefers an inner city site that is close enough to attract tourists, but not so close that people are still crowding the area.

Halsema emphasized that neither plan will replace the current red light district, but will give visitors a different place to reduce crowds and problem behavior.

The plans were limited from a list of five that were developed during a city-wide consultation on the Red Light District.

City councilors can vote on this issue in the summer, Halsema said.

Council members have already voted to prohibit guided tours through the Red Light District windows, to tour around 10 p.m. and to hang around choke points such as narrow bridges from 1 April.

She is the newest in a long line of mayors of Amsterdam who have tried to curb the problems of ‘mass tourism’ in the Dutch capital.

Amsterdam is one of the many European destinations that are hit by 'mass tourism', with 18 million people visiting the city in 2018 - more than 20 times the population

Amsterdam is one of the many European destinations that are hit by 'mass tourism', with 18 million people visiting the city in 2018 - more than 20 times the population

Amsterdam is one of the many European destinations that are hit by ‘mass tourism’, with 18 million people visiting the city in 2018 – more than 20 times the population

The number of visitors to Amsterdam has constantly increased over the last decade, with 18 million people who have been there in 2018 – a figure that will rise to 50 million by 2030, or 50 times the current population.

Earlier proposals included banning tourists from visiting the city’s famous cannabis cafés, although these have been repeatedly suspended for fear of expelling too many people.

Tourism is worth an estimated 82 billion euros per year for the Dutch economy.

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