About 1012

Some words about the partial closing of the Red Light District. (1012 as the postal-code is)

Due the regulation of the Amsterdam gouverment, the Amsterdam Red Light District will be renewed and brought more together in the City-Centre of Amsterdam. At this time the some public housing corporations is buying windows to close them at all districts of Amsterdam. Even at the main district, “de Wallen”, several windows are closed.

In 2021 The ‘Small Wallen-part’, around coffeeshop’The Bulldog’, is closed. The windows at the St. Annenstraat, St. Annendwarsstraat, Dollebegijnenensteeg and Trompettersteeg are closed now. The Goldbergersteeg was already closed a few years ago. At the Betlemsteeg the indoor walkway ‘La Vie en Rose’, Rose now, and two windows outside are still open. At the Oudekerksplein are still windows but these will also disappear. The main RLD will be, for as long as it last, Oude Zijds Achterburgwal with several alleys.

The small (Singel/Spuistraat) district has to cut down to just a few streets (Oude Nieuwstraat/Singel/Spuistraat & a few alley’s), several windows has been bought here already and closed too. Most of the women at this district are independent workers. The closing of windows in these districts will continue untill almost all these ‘Red Lights’ are extinguished.

At this time in the closed windows are young Dutch designers showing clothes, handbags and juwellery. The gouverment allows the designers to occupy the former brothels free of charge for one year to bring new life into the Red Light Districts. Later this year and next year the complete operation should be done and the brothels at the districts must be a ‘safe place to work’ for every sexworking-girl. No more loverboys who forces girls to work here, no more human trafficking, no more ‘moneylaundring’ and no more drugsdealers. (This is completed in 2017 in My Red Light, with 14 ‘windows’, brothels. Unfortunately My Red Light went bankrupt during the Corona-lockdowns)

A non-profit corporation has purchased a large number of the buildings where prostitutes pose in windows in Amsterdam’s Red Light district, the city said, in a deal that may lead to a third of the windows being shuttered. The move is intended to break a logjam in a multi-year effort by the city to cut back on the windows, which it says are a magnet for crime and money laundering. Mayor (till 2010) Job Cohen said “The move was not intended to get rid of prostitution entirely, since it is part of the area’s history and a major tourist draw for the city.” “What we do want is to get rid of the underlying criminality,” Cohen told local television station AT5.

In ‘Thursday’s deal’, public housing corporation NV Stadsgoed purchased 18 buildings with 51 windows for $35 million. That is around a third of the windows in the Red Light District, though there are other prostitution zones in the city. There are stil ± 290 windows open at the Main Red light Districs with ± 400 (legal) sexworkers every day.

designers windowsAmsterdam has been conducting a crackdown on criminality in the city center for nearly five years, using a 2002 law that forces business operators to disclose detailed accounting in order to have their licenses renewed. The seller in Thursday’s deal, “Fat” Charlie Geerts, was ordered by the city last year to close the windows because the city said he failed to meet standards.

But he failed a legal protest and Amsterdam’s District Court granted an injunction against closures while he fought the decision. With its scantily clad prostitutes posing in brothel windows and coffee shops oozing the pungent aroma of cannabis smoke, the Red Light district’s seediness has always been part of its attraction.

Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and coffee shops are licensed to sell small amounts of marijuana. But the district is a magnet for petty criminals and, authorities believe, human trafficers, drug lords and mobsters — who take advantage of the situation to launder money. Prostitutes’ rights organizations have generally been indifferent to the crackdown, arguing that pimps are the main source of problems, not landlords.

It looks the gouverment finally made his dream come true. But will the tourists thinks the same about this?
Enjoy your stay in Amsterdam!

Oudezijds Achterburgwal

Report Kwetsbaar Beroep

There has been research about the effect of the closing down windows at 1012 and all the effects for the prostitution in the city. It’s called “Kwetsbaar Beroep” – Fragile Job-

The result of the examination is:
The policy as started is negative for the whole prostitution branch but the elderman will continue the project 1012 and close down windows. The Mayor, Van der Laan, called the report ‘convincing’ but says the negative effect for shutting down prostitutionwindows at the workers is “weakly solid”.

There is no body of evidence that all the prostitutes are  ‘white slaves’ (forced workers) but at some points it ‘burns’.
But as said; no proof. If it’s proofed the window will be closed and the license will be rejected.
It’s hard for the goverment to get into the ‘forced workers circuit’. The chain is too long.
In the report is written: “Probably a cell in Bulgary or Romania stimulates (forces?) a women to work in the prostitution, another cell will do the transportation to Holland and another cell in Holland will do the paperwork, housing and renting the window for the girls.”  It’s hard to get in this world for the police.

Read more at the report!

In the report are a lot of figures about prostitution. The whole report can be downloaded here (pdf-alert!) but only in Dutch!