Put out the Red Light

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The gentleman suitor in Sting’s classic hit Roxanne would be impressed with the way that Copenhagen has changed over the years. This once seamy and seedy seaside town has changed a lot. Gone are the days when prostitution was underground or dirty. A combination of progressive policies and years of economic progress have turned Copenhagen into a liberal and livable city which has helped to change the very fiber of its being. And it’s also helped to change the old-style sex trade of days gone by.

To get a sense at just how much the city has gentrified we took a local-led tour that uncovers the best of Copenhagen’s once-seedy Vesterbro neighbourhood. On the tour you see how a people, a city and an industry have changed. The residents are happy and it now makes a good tourist attraction, so I guess everyone wins.

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