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Culture Express : Amsterdam's crackdown on its red light district

【明報專訊】Windows framed by red neon lights, sex workers posing and oozing seduction (魅力十足)... These are the first impressions the red light district in Amsterdam gives to tourists. Attempts to crack down on Amsterdam's red light district are by no means something new. In the government's eyes, the district is related to human trafficking and organised crime, and the country's liberal attitude has been exploited. In late March, the city government ordered tours around the area be banned, starting from 1 Jan, 2020, in the name of solving the problems of overcrowding and providing a better working environment for sex workers. Also, the deputy mayor of the city said it would be inappropriate for tourists to "leer at" (色迷迷地看) sex workers.

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