The Red Light District (De Wallen) has been in existence since the medieval times.
The Red Light District (De Wallen) has been in existence since the medieval times. Image: Rungbachduong Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0

Amsterdam forbids group tours in the Red light District

The Amsterdam City municipality is set to enforce stricter laws for group tours in central Amsterdam to ensure better working environment for sex workers in Amsterdam and calmer living environment for residents in the area.

The move will lead to the ban on group guided tours to De Wallen (the Red light district itself, in the medieval city centre), Ruysdaelkade, Spuistraat and the surroundings and a complete ban of night tours between 10 PM and 8 AM. It also results in reduction of maximum capacity of groups from 20 to 15 with no possibility of recruitment of additional members and a ban of consumption of drugs at the said locations.

According official records, there are 114 guided tourist tours operating through the sex district creating noise, taking unwanted pictures and causing trouble. With these measures, the municipality aims to achieve a decent work environment for prostitutes in the area and calm for the residents.

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