Amsterdam will not allow foreigners to buy cannabis under plans proposed by the mayor of the city shortly after his deputy announced that tours to see prostitutes posing in the windows of the red light district are “disrespectful” for prostitutes and will be banned from April 1st.
Mayor Femke Halsema is seeking political support to prevent foreigners from visiting to get high, after a survey revealed that 34% of tourists and 42% of Britons would choose not to visit the Singel area if the drugs were not available in bars.
Cannabis is currently available in the cafés of Singel, Amsterdam, where the red light district is located and prostitution is also allowed.
Tours of the legal prostitution area, which were considered “disrespectful” for prostitutes, by deputy mayor Victor Everhardt, will be banned on April 1st.
A photo from the June 2015 file shows an image of two cafes in the Singel area of Amsterdam. Cannabis is currently available in the cafés of Singel, Amsterdam, where the red light district is located and prostitution is also allowed
A portrait from October 2018 shows the mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema. Halsema’s plan to ban tourists from buying cannabis in Singel is part of a planned review of drug use in the city
On this Friday, March 29, 2019, archive photos, tourists look in the windows of the properties in the red light district of Amsterdam
A survey of 11 percent of tourists said they would never visit the city again if cannabis was banned, according to research from the Amsterdam research, information and statistics office.
Amsterdam is trying to stop foreign tourists, known to be rowdy in red light areas, from being attracted to the city center.
“For British visitors, coffee shops are by far the most frequently mentioned main reason for coming to Amsterdam (33%),” the organization told the Guardian.
‘They cite walking or cycling around the city less often as the main reason (21%) than the average (32%) and, on the contrary, they indicate more often that a cheap trip was the main reason (11% compared with the 6 % on average). “
The results were handed over to lawmakers in a Haselma document announcing his plans to revise drug policy in the Dutch capital.
In addition to the ban on foreign tourists, the document says it is seeking “a study this year to reduce the attraction of cannabis for tourists and the (local) regulation of the back door.”
A photo from the 2019 file shows tourists gathering along a street in the red light district.
While cannabis is tolerated in the Netherlands, crop production is illegal and often leads to food supply stores through the back door and criminal organizations.
Haselma added that he wants “A clear separation of the markets between hard and light drugs”, due to the increasing levels of drug use in the city.
According to a report commissioned by the city titled The Other Side of Amsterdam, the city is becoming a safe haven for drug users and stronger traffickers.
“Amsterdam has given free rein to a diverse group of drug-addicted criminals, a ring of cheaters and parasites, brokers and extortionists, notaries and dubious real estate agents,” says the report.
After all, there are “criminals like scooter and taxi drivers and even young messaging guys ready to follow a rather professional path: offering murder as a service”.
The local government of Amsterdam has banned guided tours that take groups past the famous windows into the city’s red light district, where visitors watch the half-naked prostitutes posing.
The move to ban guided tours that take groups past the famous windows into the city’s red light district, where visitors watch half-naked prostitutes, is part of the city’s latest attempt to tackle excessive tourism, protect workers and cleaning up the Dutch in the capital’s red light district, which is a magnet for rowdy visitors.
Prostitutes are regularly abused and photographed without their consent from members of tourist groups, the city said.
“It is disrespectful to treat prostitutes as a tourist attraction,” said Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Victor Everhardt.
Tours of the red light district will still be allowed if guides adhere to the new restriction, which will come into effect in April, and will keep the windows out of their itineraries.
Around 115 guided tours pass through the district every day.
The city said research has shown that the high number of inconveniences to visitors exceeds half of the residents and businesses in the area.
Banning group tours of the windows of the red light district “will help prevent outages for residents and businesses,” Everhardt said.
Amsterdam has suffered for years from a downside for too many people crowding the streets of the canal in the historic heart of the city, which includes the red light district.