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Casa Rosso is next red light target

Thursday 17 January 2008

Amsterdam sex clubs Casa Rosso and the Banana Bar are the latest red light establishments to be threatened with closure because their owners don't pass city council integrity tests.

The city's most famous brothel Yab Yum has already been closed down.

The city council is allowed to withdraw licences from sex firms if their owners are believed to have criminal connections.

The council recently embarked on a major project to clean up the city's red light district.

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Readers' Comments

Casa Rosso is a popular attraction in the Red Light District for men and women. By closing this theater (and the Banana Bar) the city council eliminates much of the entertainment in the area. And the Red Light District will loose a lot of its appeal.

By Paul | 18 January 2008 10:41 AM

This would be most disappointing for the thousands and thousands of tourists who come to Amsterdam for the very reason of seeing the Redlight District and it's harmless attractions for grown -ups like Cassa Rosso and the Bananabar amongst others.

If the Council and Mr Cohen want to clean up the District why punish the Tourists, i find this a strange way if dealing with internal political Matters.

By frank kirk | 18 January 2008 1:58 PM

Appeal? There is nothing less appealing for Amsterdam than it's long-standing (and very unfair) reputation for it's coffee houses and sex locales. Let's encourage a better class of tourist to visit this wonderful city and not dwell on what we probably won't miss, once it's gone.

By D J CARTER | 21 January 2008 2:29 PM

I have visited Amsterdam 1 year ago. I was shocked seeing the quantity of large porn pics in windows, including animal and bizzare porn. Even 5 meters from door to oldest church in the centre is porn cinema with harcore pictures in window. There are also childrens walking up and down there.
I was disgusted seeing that, although I am not puritan.

By Mike | 1 April 2008 10:16 PM

I remember walking through the red light district on a Saturday night in August of 2004 and it was so packed with mostly tourists that it took 10 minutes just to walk one block.
I wonder where they plan on making up for the lost tourist dollars?

By Bryant | 30 May 2008 8:44 AM

If the council wants to lose many revenue euros, go ahead, your loss. All you will do is make tourists go to another place.

By Peter B | 1 August 2008 3:46 PM

I'm not a puritan either, but that i would not consider that a tourist attraction. Get rid of it. it's too sad that some people find it an attraction. I equate this to exploitation of humans, greed, crime, slavery... what's so touristic about that?

By m van blaricon | 6 December 2008 4:28 PM

Adult recreational activity is healthy and wholesome fun.
The actions of the Amsterdam authorities are going to lead to a loss of tourists to other cities.
Target the criminals, not the ladies.

By frankie dan | 4 August 2009 9:06 PM

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