Alkmaar residents: ban all hooker windows

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Alkmaar residents want all prostitution windows in the town centre to be closed. They are asking the Council of State to delay a zoning plan which calls for the number of windows to be halved to roughly 69.

The residents’ group says prostitution causes too much public misconduct. It also says a criminal atmosphere hangs over the area, and police are not able to control the situation. These are the three main arguments put forward in the petition to the Council of State, an government advisory body charged with studying all new legislation.

In 2011 the Council of State allowed the municipality to withdraw the permits of dozens of prostitution windows located in houses bought with criminal funds. The move followed years of investigations. The Council reduced the number of windows to 69 and the municipality subsequently decided to reduce the number of windows permanently by changing the zoning scheme. The residents say that’s not good enough and want all windows to go.

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