Isn't this sort of like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs?
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - 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.
Amsterdam not selling sex and drugs is as believable as GM not selling cars......oh wait!
I'm not a proponent of these things, but seriously, would anybody visit Amsterdam if it weren't for the brothels, sex shops, and marijuana cafes? Without all that stuff, it's just another run down European city populated with narcissistic, aging socialists.
When Vegas decided to become family-friendly, tourism and gambling revenue dropped. Now they're back to being a profitable, adult playground. And I predict Amsterdam will do the same thing in a couple of years when they realize that sex and drugs are the only reasons people come there.