Amsterdam is looking for an investor to buy five buildings where sex workers can work collectively in their own prostitution business, a spokesman for the city's mayor says.
Currently, prostitutes in the city work individually, renting the windows where they stand on view for prospective customers from the brothel owners.Which problem was caused by a previous initiative of the same city;
But this system leaves women vulnerable to pimps. City authorities hope the sex workers will be safer if they can work together in a building rented and run by a business they own.
In recent years, the city has been buying up brothels and turning them into shops.
But critics say reducing the number of windows for rent has driven up prices, forcing sex workers onto the street or into private flats where they are more vulnerable.