Wednesday 08 December 2021

Police arrest nearly 300 in Amsterdam red light district campaign

Photo: Alenmax via Depositphotos.com

Photo: Alenmax via Depositphotos.com

Police have arrested nearly 300 people in a 17-day campaign in Amsterdam’s red light district following complaints about drugs dealers and begging, news agency ANP reported.

The police have come under fire for closing down their local police station and locals say there are not enough foot patrols to keep the tourists and the dealers under control.

Most of the arrests were related to drugs offences. In total 59 people were arrested trying to sell fake drugs, 40 people were dealing genuine drugs and 38 were using drugs in public.

A number of beggars and other people were arrested for causing a public nuisance, ANP said.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.