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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
17 Apr 2014

Marcel Kaatee sitting in one of his two closed casinos. The new Bibob law committee (Judgement of Integrity by Public Administration) concluded that he was a potential criminal after finding he had borrowed criminal money from a -back then respected- real estate trader. The Bibob law allows public administration to deny permits to people that cannot be convicted by conventional law. 'I did not commit any crime. I have never been convicted, but any attempt at starting a new business, even something as innocent as a jazz festival, is being obstructed by the council', says Kaatee, who is also a jazz musician. 'Being judged a potential criminal is like being a leper'.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
12 Apr 2014

Mata Hari is a new restaurant that opened into what used to be an illegal gambling den. The former club was bought by the city council in a big real estate transaction that involved about 20 other buildings. The restaurant attracts a different crowd from most places in the Red Light District. "As a city council we want the type of people who visit Amsterdam for the museums to also feel at home in the Red Light District", says Gijs Goosen, a city official in charge of the Red Light District's transformation project.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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Horse Farm,Italy (8 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

A racehorse after training in the horse-farm in San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (7 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

Racehorses after training in the horse farm,San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (6 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

After training,taking everything off of the horse before "after training" routine which include cleaning and walking around the farm.
San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (5 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

After training,before "after training" routine which includes cleaning and walking around the farm.
San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (4 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

After training,walking around with the horse as part of "after training" routine.
San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (3 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

After training,walking around with the horse as part of "after training"routine.
San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (2 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

The trainer stands next to the horse just came back from training.
San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (1 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

After training,cleaning the horse in the farm,
San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (13 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

Racehorses training in San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (12 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

Racehorses training in San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (11 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

Racehorses training in San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (10 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

Racehorses training in San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm in Italy
Pisa, Italy
By Mais Istanbuli
11 Apr 2013

The Park of San Rossore, a royal farmstead that became a presidential mansion, is also the site where in 1938, the Italian king formerly signed the introduction of the racial law. Today, San Rossore is most famous for its hippodrome. The racetrack and training spaces are managed by the Alfea society.

In the studs of Pisa there are around 600 horses, and the total cost of keeping each of them is €20.000. There are around 100 hectares of tracks available to ride, and the hippodrome organizes around 50 official sports days per year. Thousands attend the races, and around €600.000 is gambled each race day. Eight hundred people work in the horse racing industry in Pisa, 50 000 at national level.

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Horse Farm,Italy (17 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
05 Apr 2013

Horse race in San Rossore park,Italy.
A rider caresses his horse head just before the race begins.

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COCKFIGHTING IN VIETNAM
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
01 Mar 2013

In Vietnam cock fighting is a traditional sport, that, despite being
illegal, is permitted during special festivals and ceremonies, like those
held after Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (1 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
28 Feb 2013

The cockfighting day is finished. On the ground are stubs and rooster feathers.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (19 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
28 Feb 2013

An empty arena surrounded by two street vendors. On the background people watching a fight.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (18 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
28 Feb 2013

An owner takes care of his rooster minutes before the fight.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (17 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
28 Feb 2013

Owners waiting within the arena before the fight begins.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (16 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
28 Feb 2013

The cockfight has just begun. Shouting betters and passionate followers surround the extemporized arena.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (13 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
28 Feb 2013

The atmosphere around an extemporized arena, surrounded and supported by shouting betters and passionate followers. Cockfighting.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (9 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
28 Feb 2013

The owner is washing his rooster with hot water after the fight. The cock is bleeding.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (8 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
28 Feb 2013

The owner is washing and cleaning his rooster with hot water after the fight. The cock is bleeding.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (4 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
28 Feb 2013

An empty bowl and an empty arena. People enjoy food and cockfighting.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (14 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
27 Feb 2013

Cocks waiting on the sidewalk, some of them are inside bags. In the background, people watching a fight.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (12 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
27 Feb 2013

Cocks left within the fighting arena. In the background people are watching a cockfight.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (11 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
27 Feb 2013

The cock is surrounded by five individuals. Among them the owner and an improvised veterinarian who is stitching up the injured rooster.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (10 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
27 Feb 2013

A close up of the improvised veterinarian who is stitching up the cock after the fight.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (7 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
27 Feb 2013

Close up of the cock stitched up by an improvised veterinarian.

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Cockfighting in Vietnam (6 of 21)
Hanoi, Vietnam
By robtof
27 Feb 2013

Gamblers can win or lose huge amounts of money betting on cockfights. The money deposited in each cockfight can reach several hundred million Vietnamese Dong (VND100 million = US$4,760).