WE ARE forever being told to look at the Dutch experience.
The Netherlands always does it better . . . or something like that. The people of this small north European state are now celebrated more for tolerance and pragmatism than windmills and wooden shoes. Nobody will be surprised to know the Dutch experience is very instructive in the current debate around Red Light Zones in Scotland. But not in the way you might think. Brothels were effectively legalised in Holland in 2000, and, since 1997, street prostitutes have been able to work unharrassed in the "tolerance zones" of major cities.