Amsterdam to shut 20% of brothels

Amsterdam city council has withdrawn licences for 33 brothels – one in five – in its notorious Red Light district following investigations into their owners’ backgrounds. Under the new Bibob law, the council can refuse permits to people with criminal connections.

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