Amsterdam raises prostitution age to 21

AFP-JIJI

The city of Amsterdam said Tuesday it will raise the legal age of prostitutes from 18 to 21 and announced plans to close brothels during the early morning hours in a bid to protect sex workers.

“The minimum age for a prostitute is raised from 18 to 21 years,” the Dutch capital city announced in a statement, and said the new rules are meant to fight industry abuses and “strengthen prostitutes’ position.”

The city also wants brothels in Amsterdam’s landmark red-light district to close between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. on weekdays and from 5 a.m. on weekends.

With an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 prostitutes, the city’s red-light district attracts sex tourists from around the world to a country long considered one of the world’s most liberal.