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Amsterdam attempts to cut down crime

The Associated Press and CNN.com published articles on Amsterdam's attempts to reduce crime in their city. The Associated Press said Amsterdam plans to close brothels, sex shops, and marijuana cafes and move business that "generate criminality". City Council member Lodewijk Asscher said, "I think that the new reality will be in more in line with our image as a tolerant and crazy place, rather than a free zone for criminals." These new measures will only effect a little less than 20 percent of the city. They will spend 30-40 million euros to implement these changes. Prostitution will be allowed only in two areas of the district.

CNN.com added that prostitution was legalized in the Netherlands in 2000. Marijuana is technically illegal but prosecutors will not press charges for possession in small amounts and coffee shops can sell it openly. Amsterdam will reshape the area by buying out businesses and helping to upgrade stores. Asscher said, "You won't have to be embarrassed to say you came."