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Amsterdam to raise legal age for prostitutes to 21, close windows in early morning hours

Amsterdam's mayor says the city plans to raise the minimum age of prostitutes from 18 to 21 and force brothels to close in the early morning hours.

At a press conference Tuesday, Eberhard van der Laan said the decision follows from a desire to crack down on crime in the city's famed Red Light District and protect sex workers — mostly women — from abuse.

Van der Laan said the windows, where scantily clad sex workers try to entice customers, would be closed from 4 to 9 in the morning.

Prostitution was legalized in the Netherlands in 2006, and has been tolerated in Amsterdam for centuries, but the city has been tightening the rules and shuttered a third of the brothel windows in the period 2007-2009.

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