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Road blocks to fight prostitution near the Gare

21.05.2014 From our online archive
Rue de Strasbourg will be blocked for traffic at nighttime starting Friday, in a bid to fight prostitution and drug dealing in the notorious street near the Luxembourg City central train station.
A prostitute from Eastern Europe waits for customers along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, November 29, 2013. French lawmakers will start debating today a bill aimed at stemming prostitution with steep fines to clients - a radical switch from the country's traditionally tolerant stance that will give it some of the toughest legislation in Europe. Prostitution is not illegal in France, which has an estimated 18,000 to 20,000 sex workers according to a 2012 report by the Scelles Foundation, but there are laws against pimping, human trafficking and soliciting sex in public. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)

(CS/DL) Rue de Strasbourg will be blocked for traffic at nighttime starting Friday, in a bid to fight prostitution and drug dealing in the notorious street near the Luxembourg City central train station.

Mayor Lydie Polfer on Wednesday morning announced that the road block would apply to the lower stretch of Rue de Strasbourg in the direction of Route d'Esch, as well as parts of Rue Heldenstein and Rue de la Fonderie.

Between 7pm and 6am the streets will be closed for traffic with police on-site to monitor the situation. Residents will be able to access the streets.

Polfer acknowledged the problematic situation in the area, documented by residents on a Facebook page, where pictures of drug dealing and consumption, as well as prostitution and fights in bright daylight have caused outrage.

A citizen initiative last year called on the City administration to do something to ensure the safety of local residents. An increase in police patrols and more frequent cleaning, especially around a school where drug syringes and used condoms are a common sight, were promised.

While the road barriers might not yet be the ideal solution, Polfer said that they are a starting point and that the City together with police and the judiciary are working on finding additional ways to tackle problems in the area.

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