Prostitutes protest closure of windows in Amsterdam's Red Light District
Masked women hold banners as prostitutes and sympathizers take to the streets to protest plans to clean up the city's famed red light district by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract clients, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, April 9, 2015. (AP / Peter Dejong)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, April 9, 2015 1:22PM EDT
AMSTERDAM - Scores of prostitutes have taken to the streets of Amsterdam to protest moves to rejuvenate the city's famed Red Light District by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract clients.
The prostitutes say that the closures are depriving them of safe places to work.
Amsterdam municipality is involved in a long-term initiative to reinvigorate the historic network of canal-side streets and narrow alleys in part by reducing the number of brothel windows. Some 115 of the 500 windows have been closed in recent years.
About 200 people -- prostitutes and their supporters -- marched through the Red Light District Thursday evening carrying