Amsterdam's red light district
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Can Amsterdam clean up the red light district?

6 July 2012 Last updated at 00:12 BST

A decade ago, the government in the Netherlands legalised prostitution in an effort to cut human trafficking and organised crime.

But it seems their efforts have had the opposite effect. Amsterdam's mayor says the red light district has turned into a hub for human traffickers exploiting the country's liberal approach to selling sex.

This summer the Dutch government is expected to tighten the prostitution laws, and in the meantime Amsterdam is trying to clean up the red light district - cutting the number of brothels and replacing them with new business ventures.

Anna Holligan reports.