Naples mayor considers experimental red-light district

Also 'private spots' for young couples

Naples mayor considers experimental red-light district

(ANSA) - Naples, August 22 - Naples could soon have its own red light district, modelled on those in Amsterdam, if the mayor has his way. "An experimental project" establishing a controlled neighbourhood for prostitutes is under consideration, Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris said during a radio broadcast on La Zanzara Estate di Radio 24. Something must be done to deal with the city's increased levels of prostitution, which is not actually illegal, the mayor explained. "You have to open a debate and the issue needs to be addressed secularly." Amsterdam could "more or less" be a model, added the mayor. If prostitutes operated from an identified area, "we can greatly reduce the presence of organized crime, because that area would be monitored by the police," he said. Police could also keep a watch out for pimps and anyone else exploiting sex-trade workers, he added. The mayor also said Naples needs more private spots where young couples who can't afford a house or hotel can go "and stay secluded, see an outdoor movie, and maybe you can buy something to eat." Both topics will be debated by the city council.

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