Amsterdam’s Red Light District About To Be Relocated, Something’s Going On
Sex workers are behind the windows of a brothel in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo/amsterdam-travel-guide.net
AMSTERDAM – The plan to relocate the Red Light District of Amsterdam has received a strong response from the European pharmaceutical regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
According to EMA, it is concerned about potential “irregular behavior” around its Amsterdam headquarters if the Dutch city follows through with plans to build an “erotic centre” nearby.
In 2021, Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema is making plans to move 100 of the 249 brothel windows in the city’s Red Light District to the center of a multi-storey building specially built to house erotic entertainment and legalized prostitution.
The project, which could potentially be built on land in the city’s southern Zuidas district, is proposed to help fight the increased crime and overcrowding of the public in the old district.
However, EMA, which moved to the Dutch capital in 2019 after Britain left the European Union (EU), said it was concerned about the possible implications of such a relocation.
“Locating the Erotic Center near the EMA building is likely to have the same negative impact on adjacent areas,” the agency said in a statement on Tuesday (7/3/2023).
The EMA added, “There are concerns regarding disorder, drug trafficking, drunkenness and disorderly conduct.”
The EMA which among other things regulates Viagra in Europe also notes that it welcomes a large number of international delegations to its premises, many of whom often leave “late at night”.
According to EMA, it is concerned about the safety of the international delegation if the relocation plan goes ahead.