View Full Version : Some Amsterdam brothels and pot cafes will close

12-07-2008, 10:11 PM

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Amsterdam unveiled plans Saturday to close brothels, sex shops and marijuana cafes in its ancient city center as part of a major effort to drive organized crime out of the tourist haven.

The city is targeting businesses that "generate criminality," including gambling parlors, and the so-called "coffee shops" where marijuana is sold openly. Also targeted are peep shows, massage parlors and souvenir shops used by drug dealers for money-laundering.

"I think that the new reality will be more in line with our image as a tolerant and crazy place rather than a free zone for criminals" said Lodewijk Asscher, a City Council member and one of the main proponents of the plan.

12-10-2008, 09:05 AM
well, that settles it, I gotta book myself another trip to Amsterdam asap!!!

12-23-2008, 11:22 AM
So no more webmaster conventions in Amsterdam?