Amsterdam's 'Scum Village' Gets First Residents

Amsterdam has sent its first family to go live in a ghetto on the east side of the city, now commonly known as "scum village."

"Last week, Amsterdam City Council sent the first family to live in a "scum village" on a wasteland to the east of the city," reports Rich Heap.

"Eight members of the Dimitrov family will spend six months living in two converted shipping containers in an area with few services, and under constant police supervision. This is happening due to a controversial policy to crack down on people in government-owned housing that make life hellish for neighbours."

"Family members will be given a compulsory six-month course to learn how to behave. They will also have access to doctors, social workers, and parole officers. If their behaviour improves then they will be allowed back home, but if their behaviour doesn't improve or if they refuse to go on the course then they will be evicted."

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