Vice Squad
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Open House of (Ill?) Repute

Last year, some commercial elements of Amsterdam's Red Light district held an open house. The district had come under some political attack -- a constant threat to legal or legally-tolerated vice -- and the open house was one attempt to improve public relations. The attacks have continued, in part because of reports of outright illegal behavior taking place in the district. So the district held an encore performance, another open house, on Saturday. "The open house concluded with the unveiling of a statue depicting an unknown sex worker and intended to honour those employed in the industry around the world, including those without the same protection found in the Netherlands, where prostitution is legal."

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