Long spoon

In astonishing news from Amsterdam, the city authorities have explained why they are planning to cut brothels by half.

It says there are indications that some red light businesses serve as a cover for organised crime, including drugs and the trafficking of women.

“Money laundering, extortion and human trafficking are things you do not see on the surface but they are hurting people and the city. We want to fight this,” said Deputy Mayor Lodewijk Asscher.

“We can still have sex and drugs but in a way that shows the city is in control.”

What, the sex industry (sic) has connections with organised crime? Whatever next?

We didn’t actually visit the red light district when we were in Amsterdam. We couldn’t find it. At least, that’s what Alison, who had the guidebook, told me.