By John Smith • 20 August 2020 • 15:15
EVEN now with tourism pretty much in the doldrums, Amsterdam continues to attract sex and drug tourists to its always busy red light district.
The City Council, worried about the number of people flowing into the area decided that in order to try to heighten awareness of Covid-19 and the need for social distancing that it should require that anyone entering certain streets should wear masks until the end of August.
Representatives of the Prostitutes Information Centre were amongst many who were opposed to this as they believe that the wearing of masks stops the sex workers from being able to judge whether a potential customer could be dangerous.
In addition, they argued that their service was no more dangerous than other services such as sports massage or even dancing.
The matter was taken to court and a judge decided the city is not contravening citizens’ rights by insisting they wear face masks in the area.
Indeed, free face masks and leaflets are handed out at a number of the entrances to the area.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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