Advocates of legalized prostitution have long pointed to Amsterdam as a case study. But has anyone noticed that Amsterdam’s experiment failed?
In November, the local government announced the closures of a third of Amsterdam’s prostitution windows. Even mayor Job Cohen is on record as saying: “Almost five years after the lifting of the brothel ban, we have to acknowledge that the aims of the law have not been reached. Lately we’ve received more and more signals that abuse still continues.” Shared Hope International has physically inspected the conditions in Amsterdam and found that women behind the windows continue to be abused. Women are often there by coercion, fraud and deceit. Now the city is hanging its head in shame. But does anyone notice?
The following article durban-plans-amsterdam.doc appeared in the foreign press in January and revels some serious deficiencies in the analytical ability of South African officials. They plan to legalize their red-light district based on Amsterdam’s “success.”