2. 'Regulated Tolerance'
Laurie Taylor examines two prime examples of Amsterdam 's famed tolerance - the city's policies on soft and hard drugs and prostitution.
Laurie Taylor finds out how the policies came about and debates the consequences of the approach to their management with the help of :
Justus Uitermark, Phd student from the University of Amsterdam; Mannie poet, artist and member of the Junkies' Union club; Whilhelmina who helps run the club; Terry, dealer; Job Arnold, Head of the club; sex workers Jacqueline and Petra Timmerman, who's currently doing a sociology maters degree; Marieke van Doorninck, policy adviser at the De Graaf Research Foundation; Joop de Grote, community policeman in the red light district for 35 years.
University of Amsterdam
Marieke van Doorninck
of De Graaf Foundation
The Mr A. de Graaf Foundation is the Dutch national centre for research, documentation, public information, policy development and advice on the issue of prostitution and related phenomena.
Job Joris Arnold
Head of the Junkies' Union
The union was founded in the 70s by a man who was involved in the Dutch " 3rd Way " movement. His idea was to help destitute young heroine addicts. In those days heroin was an alien concept.
His aim was to involve users in shaping policy on drugs. Later, the union also became a medical and social service for both heroin and cocaine users. The union advocates for "harm reduction" over a punitive approach.
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