Sunday 05 April 2020

Like Amsterdam, The Hague wants an ‘erotic centre’ for prostitutes

A city hand-out showing what the centre could look like

The Hague local council is ‘exploring’ ways of moving its red light district to an ‘erotic  centre’ in the city’s Sporendriehoek district in an effort to provide a safe and legal workplace for prostitutes, the city authorities said on Thursday.

The news comes in the wake of similar plans for Amsterdam’s red light district which were published earlier this week.

Research by the The Hague council found that, unlike in Amsterdam, many prostitutes would be prepared to make the move to new location on the edge of the city centre, provided their current places of work are not closed for the time being.

‘The health and safety of sex workers are of paramount importance and a centre would meet those needs,’ health alderwoman Kavita Parbhudayal said. ‘If we don’t do this prostitution will become invisible and illegal and the area of Doubletstraat, Geleenstraat and Hunsestraat will deteriorate even further,’ she said.

City development alderman Boudewijn Revis said the centre will not be financed from the public purse. ‘We have found that moving window prostitution away from the current area is financially feasible. The Hague will facilitate but not finance,’ he said. ‘That is up to private companieswith whom initial talks have been held,’ Revis said, without specifying who the parties are.

The place elected for the new erotic centre is adjacent to a new urban development called the Binckhorst and between two big The Hague train stations. This, the council said ‘is a clear sign that prostitution has a place in a modern town’.

The council said the next step is to develop the plans and to consult with locals near the projected building.

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