PUBLISHED: 16:39, Fri, Feb 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:51, Fri, Feb 14, 2020
Amsterdam: The government wants to clean up the city and protect the prostitutes (Image: Getty Images)
Amsterdam is making huge changes that will affect tourists this year. The city in the Netherlands is banning guided tours past windows in the red light district. Views of the sex workers posing behind the glass are a huge draw for tourists.
However, the Amsterdam government now wants to clean up the city and protect the prostitutes.
The Dutch city claims the workers are regularly abused and photographed without their consent by those on guided tours in the famous district.
"It is disrespectful to treat sex workers as a tourist attraction," Amsterdam Deputy Mayor Victor Everhardt said in a statement.
The new restriction on tours past the windows comes into force in April 2020.
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Amsterdam is banning guided tours past windows in the red light district (Image: Getty Images)
Tours will still be permitted - so long as they don’t pass by the windows and guides follow the new rules.
Currently, around 115 guided tours visit the red light district in Amsterdam every day.
These have been shown to inconvenience more than half of the residents and businesses in the area, the city claims.
Overcrowding in the historic city centre of Amsterdam - where the red light district is situated - has been a big problem for many years.