Dim Red Light

I saw this story in the Metro paper on the bus today

About a third of Amsterdam’s red-lit windows for prostitutes will disappear from the city centre as one of the main brothel owners is set to sell his empire to a real estate company. (Reuters)

and my mind went back to a report I had read on sky-high Amsterdam house prices and the soaring houseboat market because there was no more land to build on.

I found it amusing that the sex trade wasn’t generating enough money so what stait-laced politicians couldn’t do, market economics managed and people, given the choice, would rather have a house than have sex (and the revenue from it).

I was going to continue reflecting along the lines of “lessons we can learn from Amsterdam”, “prohibition does more damage than good” and “sex isn’t the big deal it’s made out to be” (no, really!) when this later article by Sky News caught my eye with its new twist-

Many of the windows used by prostitutes in Amsterdam’s famous red light district are set to close as part of an attempt to clean up the city.
Authorities say the brothel windows, used by scantily-clad working girls to advertise, are a magnet for crime and money laundering.(Sky News)

A news story about a financially-motivated property deal suddenly gained a moral angle!

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  1. I’m sure these red lights are just going to move rather than go out. Yes, people want houses. But they also want somewhere to escape their houses to go have sex! 🙂


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