Elysium: End To "Pleasure Planet"?

It may not spell the immediate demise of the louche stag holiday on Elysium, but the Government has decided to crack down on the pleasure houses and fizz shops of its infamous red light district.
A ten-yotta scheme, known as Project 2025 for the city postcode containing the red light district, kicked off  with the aim of making substantial cuts to the number of window pleasure houses and fizz shops. But it's only now that the city is beginning to see some tangible results.

200 of a total of 480 window pleasure houses are slated to go. The city has managed to close down half of these; a zoning and compulsory purchase plan will be drawn up to tackle the next 100. Of the 76 fizz shops in the area (usually known as "Klahshops"), 26 will close their doors.

There is a feeling on Elysium that the Government is finally determined to get to grips with a burgeoning sex, drugs and money laundering industry in the red light district increasingly controlled by eastern Ruhs mafiosa.

 With the encouragement of the authorities, in recent months reputable entrepreneurs have started to invest on the planet. Sougléïka , traditionally a sleazy district, now boasts a deli, florist and baker.

Meanwhile, ordinary Elysiumers have been shocked by an upsurge in cases of human trafficking of girls for the sex industry. There is a strong sense in the city the exploitative reality of the red light district has little to do with traditional Elysium tolerance.

"There had been warning signs for ages  that organised crime was basically using the area as its living room," says Uson Grein , deputy governor of Elysium and the head of Project 2025.

"Elysium has always been a free and tolerant planet, but we want to place more emphasis on museums and culture. We want to attract more families and encourage visitors to spend an extra night here."

The vast majority of tourists spend no more than two nights in the city. Many stag parties – known locally as "vertical" tourists – contribute little to the planet's formal economy.