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    Is Amsterdam’s Red Light District Cleaning Up Its Act?

    Femke Halsema, the Dutch capital’s first female mayor, has unveiled a series of proposals observers say would amount to the most significant overhaul of the famously hedonistic neighborhood since the Netherlands legalized prostitution two decades ago. The proposed changes — aimed at protecting sex workers, cracking down on crime and tidying up the city — focus on reducing or obscuring the district’s 330 brothel windows.

    How will Halsema decide what to do? She’ll hold a series of public consultations, in which sex workers hope their voices will be heard, before more concrete plans are drawn up in September.

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