List of red-light districts

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

Red-light districts are associated with the sex industry and sex-oriented businesses (e.g. sex shops and strip clubs). In some of these places prostitution may legally take place. Other red light districts are known for their illegal prostitution scene (in countries where prostitution is illegal). In red light districts where prostitution is illegal prostitutes or clients may be arrested or fined if caught by the police (the enforcement of anti-prostitution laws varies by country or place).

Following is a partial list of well known red-light districts around the world, both current and historical.

The red-light district in Amsterdam



Prostitution is illegal.[1]

South Africa

Prostitution is illegal.[3]



Prostitution is illegal, but tolerated.


Prostitution is illegal.[6]


Operating a brothel, pimping and soliciting in a public place are illegal (however in practice prostitution is tolerated and regulated).


Prostitution is illegal in non-regulated area. Prostitution is legal in some localization (including pimping and maintaining a brothel).



Prostitution is illegal but narrowly defined. Many sexual acts for pay that would be considered to be prostitution in other countries are legal.[20]

South Korea

Prostitution is illegal, but in practice it is tolerated and regulated.


Prostitution is illegal.


Prostitution is illegal, but in practice it is somewhat tolerated although not regulated.


Prostitution is illegal, but widespread and generally tolerated.[30]


Prostitution itself is not illegal; however, public solicitation, living on the earnings of a prostitute, and maintaining a brothel are illegal.[33]


Soi Cowboy, Thailand

Prostitution is not strictly illegal in Thailand, though solicitation and public nuisance laws are in effect. In practice it is tolerated and partly regulated.



Prostitution is legal and regulated.


Prostitution is legal, though brothels are not.[44] Enforcement of the law can be lax.


Prostitution is legal, but running brothels and pimping are illegal.


Bahnhofsviertel in Frankfurt am Main
Reeperbahn in Hamburg-St. Pauli
Herbertstraße in Hamburg-St. Pauli

Prostitution is legal and regulated.


Scene from Amsterdam's red light district.

Prostitution and associated activities are legal and common. A total of 12 cities in the Netherlands have red light districts with window prostitution.[citation needed]


Brothels are illegal (since 1956), but "clubs" and "wiskerias" are fronts for prostitution and are tolerated.


Prostitution is legal and regulated.

United Kingdom


Prostitution is not illegal when performed by a person acting alone in private but public solicitation, brothels and pimping are. The Policing and Crime Act 2009 makes it illegal to pay for sex with a prostitute who has been “subjected to force” and this is a strict liability offence (clients can be prosecuted even if they didn’t know the prostitute was forced).[61][62]

Northern Ireland


North America


Prostitution is legal, though many associated activities (brothels, advertising, street walking) are not.


Prostitution is legal and regulated.

United States

Prostitution laws vary by state and territory, however it is illegal except for some rural counties of Nevada.



Prostitution laws vary by state, either being legal or decriminalized.

New Zealand

Prostitution and associated activities are legal.

See also


  1. "2008 Human Rights Report: Kenya". Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Competition Forces Commercial Sex Workers To Go Day-time". All Africa News Agency. 2003. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "2008 Human Rights Report: South Africa". Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Clark, Grant (2005-03-17). "SA outcry at 'insult' to Gandhi". BBC. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Pettifer, Julian (2004-11-03). "Cambodia's child sex shame". BBC. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "2008 Human Rights Report: China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau)". U.S. State Department. 2009-02-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Dashilan deadline". China Daily. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Remembrances of Huileli". Independent Chinese PEN Center. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Sex racket busted in Allahabad, 19 women detained | Zee News". 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Two Arrested for Immoral Traffic - The new India Express
  11. 16 held on charges of immoral traffic - The Hindu
  12. "The ironies of Tilawala". The Hindu. 2001. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Grant, Matthew (2004-11-30). "Girl-trafficking hampers Aids fight". BBC. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. 14.0 14.1 "The ironies of Kamathipura". The Hindu. 2001. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Children of the red light district" (PDF). Church Mission Society. 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-08. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Education for Victims - When Prostitutes Go to Jail... Sakuntala cares for their children". The Advocacy Project. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-04-22. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Education for Victims - When Prostitutes Go to Jail... Sakuntala cares for their children". The Advocacy Project. 2000. Archived from the original on 2006-04-22. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "East Java Promises End to Prostitution". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 25 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Bassem, Wassim (17 July 2013). "Iraq's Sex Trade Thrives". Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse. Retrieved 19 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "2008 Human Rights Report: Japan". 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Shitamachi Scenery vol. 1". SeekJapan. 2005. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Japan mulls multicultural dawn". BBC. 2004-10-05. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "Redlight Reckoning". Japan Inc Magazine. 2004. Archived from the original on January 4, 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-21. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "Daegu - Fast fashion". BBC. 2002-04-10. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. Lee Tae-hoon (February 20, 2012). "Business booms for illegal brothels on South Korea border". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 22, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 "3,000 Sex Workers Protest Threat to Livelihood". The Seoul Times. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. "Uncertain future for Chow Kit children". The Star. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. "Sex Workers Come Together to Fight HIV/AIDS". You and AIDS (UN). 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  29. "World's changing morals". The Tribune. 2001. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  31. "EVAT hits sin city, freelance sex appears to be on the rise". The Manila Times. The Manila Times Publishing Corp. 2003-11-04. Archived from the original on 2005-11-07. Retrieved 2007-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  32. benign0 (2011-04-28). "The Americans are back in Subic Bay and Olongapo City! - Get Real PostGet Real Post". Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  33. "2008 Human Rights Report: Singapore". U.S. Department of State. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2015. Prostitution itself is not illegal<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  34. "Prostitution wave hits 'squeaky clean' Singapore". Reuters. 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  35. "Red lights flicker and dim". Shanghai Star. 2001. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  36. "Clinton Entertainment Plaza". 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  37. "Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok". 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  38. "Phuket Nightlife". Frommer's. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  39. "Thailand's Sin City Reaches for Respectability". The New York Times. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-10-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  40. 40.0 40.1 Hutcheon, Stephen (2008-05-28). "Roving candid camera snaps Thailand's Sin City". Melbourne: The Age. Retrieved 2010-11-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  41. Boonlua Chatree (8–14 August 2008). "Police raid Soi Sunee Plaza again". Pattaya Mail. XVI (32). Retrieved 21 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  42. "Nightlife in Pattaya at Frommer's". Frommer's. 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  43. "Vienna Districts". Retrieved 2009-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  44. "Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Belgium". 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  45. Donna M. Hughes (June 2005). "The Demand for Victims of Sex Trafficking" (pdf). University of Rhode Island. Retrieved 2008-06-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  46. Castle, Stephen (2006-09-23). "Passports and panic buttons in the brothel of the future". The Independent. London.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  47. 47.0 47.1 "Inner Suburbs - Copenhagen Travel Guide -". Retrieved 2009-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  48. 48.00 48.01 48.02 48.03 48.04 48.05 48.06 48.07 48.08 48.09 48.10 48.11 48.12 48.13 48.14 48.15 48.16 48.17 "Red Light Districts of Deutschland". Retrieved 2012-10-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  49. Butler, Season. "Berlin Vice: Who's Really Winning? - from The Philos Aphilos Issue | somethinkblue Magazine". Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  50. "Bahnhofsviertel in Frankfurt am Main Sights Top Highlights Reviews Best spots city center". Retrieved 2009-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  51. "Reeperbahn in St. Pauli, Hamburg". Retrieved 2009-07-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  52. "Wie Prostituierte an der Flaßhofstraße in Oberhausen mit Sex Geld". Retrieved 2012-10-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  53. Mutsvairo, Bruce (2006-02-23). "Amsterdam Red Light District turns spotlight on its practice". The Seattle times. Retrieved 2007-09-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  54. 54.0 54.1 "Red Light District in Amsterdam". Retrieved 2009-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  55. "Eindhovense hoerenpanden niet dicht". Nederlands Dagblad. 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2012-10-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  56. "Solo cuatro de los 10 distritos se salvan del sexo en la calle".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  57. "Old Barcelona". Retrieved 27 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  58. "Window ban for Zurich's prostitutes". Retrieved 2009-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  59. "Geneva : around the train station". Retrieved 2009-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  60. "Si del Cantone alla prima casa di tolleranza in Ticino". Retrieved 2011-01-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  61. "Policing and Crime Act 2009". Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  62. "The Naked Anthropologist · Policing and Crime | UK | Anti-trafficking | Exploitation | Sex Industry | The Naked Anthropologist". 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  63. "Council to tackle kerb crawling". BBC. 2003-11-24. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  64. Partridge, Chris (2004-04-18). "A street by any other name...might be easier to sell". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  65. Griffiths, Emma (2006-03-07). "A clean sweep in King's Cross". BBC. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  66. Hutson, Graham; Siret, Mal (2005-12-11). "Sex, please — we're British". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  67. Silverman, Jon (2003-02-18). "Sex workers say 'let us stay'". BBC. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  68. Will Pavia (18 January 2006). "Naming-and-shaming policy that stopped kerb crawlers". The Times. London.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  69. Samantha Owen; Rose Bewick (14 December 2011). "Prostitution: The Secrets of the Streets". Impact Magazine. Retrieved 18 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  70. "Mapperley Park/Arboretum". This is Nottingham. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  71. "Vice crackdown sees 22 arrested". BBC. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2008-03-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  72. "To St Alkmund's Place". Virtual Shropshire. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  73. Chronicle, Crewe. "Officers clamp down on kerbcrawlers". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  74. Guide to Staffordshire and the Black Country,The Potteries and the Peak - Michael Raven - Google Books. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  75. "Action promised over prostitutes". BBC. 2006-03-20. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  76. "Regenerating All Saints, Blakenhall and Parkfield". Wolverhampton City Council. 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  77. "Belfast: Rebirth of a once-great city". The Telegraph. 17 Jun 2003. Retrieved 21 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  78. 78.0 78.1 Mark Devenport (29 August 2007). "Belfast by Bus". BBC. Retrieved 21 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  79. "NIO pledge on prostitution laws". BBC. 2006-01-17. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  80. 80.0 80.1 "Local Government and Transport Committee Official Report Tuesday 1 June 2004". Scottish Parliament. 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  81. "SWWC Boystown exhibit both mesmerizing, disturbing". Texas State University-San Marcos. 2001. Retrieved 2006-07-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  82. Cearley, Anna (October 11, 2004). "From the street to discreet". San Diego Union-Tribune.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  83. "Lessons from a Mexican Brothel". National Sexuality Resource Center. 2001. Retrieved 2010-07-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  84. Ditmore, Melissa Hope (2006). Encyclopedia of prostitution and sex work. 2. p. 462.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  85. "DEUCE (42nd STREET), Manhattan". Forgotten New York. June 2006. Retrieved 24 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  86. "SLEAZOID EXPRESS".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  87. "Neighborhood: Northern Liberties". Center City Philadelphia.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  88. "Neighborhood Profile: NORTHERN LIBERTIES". Elfant Wissahickon Realtors.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  89. "Now and then: Chinatown, Combat Zone". 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2015-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  90. Anne Gray Fischer (29 September 2009). "Guest Post: Anne Gray Fischer Presents A History of "The Combat Zone"". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  91. Menard, O.D. (1989) Political Bossism in Mid America: Tom Dennison's Omaha, 1900–1933. University Press of America. p. 107.
  92. Seate, Mike (May 12, 2005). "Locals reminisce over red light district's past". Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 11, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  93. Morgan, Lael (Fall 2007). "The San Antonio Blue Book: Proof of a Secret Era" (PDF). The Compass Rose. University of Texas at Arlington Library. XXI (2): 1–3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  94. ^ Jump up to: a b Clare V. McKanna, Jr. Prostitutes, Progressives, and Police: The Viability of Vice in San Diego 1900-1930. The Journal of San Diego History, Winter 1989, 35:1.
  95. Petrocelli, Michael;Cass, Maxine (2004). San Francisco Off the Beaten Path (2nd ed.). p. 12.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  96. Dangers and warnings of Hindley Street, Adelaide 2006.
  97. Brisbane's prostitute safety zones, ABC, 3 March 2003.
  98. Submission on the Interim Report of the Attorney-General's Street Prostitution Advisory Group, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia.
  99. On the streets of St Kilda, police are cruising to curb the kerb crawlers, The Age, 6 March 2011.
  100. 100.0 100.1 A decade and a half of struggle : the prostitutes' movement, Australian Institute of Criminology, 1991.
  101. 101.0 101.1 101.2 Prostitution Law Reform, New Zealand Prostitutes Collective.