Amsterdam to raise prostitution age

3 News 27 Feb 2013
Amsterdam’s mayor says the city plans to raise the minimum  age of prostitutes from 18 to 21 and force brothels to close in the early  morning hours.

At a press conference Tuesday, Eberhard van der Laan said  the decision follows from a desire to crack down on crime in the city’s famed  Red Light District and protect sex workers – mostly women – from abuse.

Van der Laan said the windows, where scantily clad sex  workers try to entice customers, would be closed from 4am to 9am.

Prostitution was legalized in the Netherlands in 2006, and  has been tolerated in Amsterdam for centuries, but the city has been tightening  the rules and shuttered a third of the brothel windows in the period  2007-2009.