Femke Halsema

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Police officers are seen near  the site of an attack  in Buitenveldert, in which Dutch lawyer Derk Wiersum was shot dead. Photograph: Michel van Bergen/ANP/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands was in shock on Wednesday after its usually discreet international drugs underworld – worth more than €20 billion a year – seemingly b(...)

A burka ban – first proposed in 2010 – is scheduled to come into effect in The Netherlands on Thursday, August 1st. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP

Two days before it even comes into effect, the Netherlands’ new “burka ban” has been rendered largely unworkable by operational decisions by police an(...)

 People walk past a brothel in the red district of Amsterdam.  File Photograph: /Yves Herman/Reuters

Amsterdam’s first female mayor is considering closing down the city’s famous red-light district due to the conditions endured by the sex workers behin(...)

File photograph of visitors at the Museum of Prostitution in De Wallen, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. File photograph: Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images

Amsterdam’s mayor is planning to issue sex worker permits for locations outside the city’s historic centre in an attempt to encourage women working fr(...)

The red light district in Amsterdam: ‘Sometime it is as simple as tourists not realising that real people live here.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It is not a problem many holiday destinations spend much effort worrying about or money trying to fix: the wrong kind of tourist. But that is the chal(...)