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Saturday 26 July  
by Stuck in Customs: www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms

Prostitution in the Netherlands

Prostitution is allowed in the Netherlands, but the government has recently imposed tighter regulation on the industry. In this dossier, you'll find recent RNW articles and a FAQ page on prostitution in this country.

Article: Is Amsterdam turning into a prudish backwater?

The owners of cafés in the centre of Amsterdam are again up in arms against what they say is the umpteenth attempt to turn the city into a prudish provincial backwater.

Article: Amsterdam's Red Lights: about to go out?

Amsterdam's famous - or infamous - Red Light District looks likely to become slightly less 'blue' in the near future if the Dutch capital's municipal authorities get their way. The city council wants to put an end to criminality and...

Article: Legalised prostitution: a dying trade

The Dutch prostitutes' pressure group De Rode Draad (The Red Thread), reports that the number of brothels in the Netherlands has decreased dramatically since they were legalised. The organisation notes, however, that the number of saunas...