Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for payment. Prostitution is sometimes described as sexual services, commercial sex or, colloquially, hooking. It is sometimes referred to euphemistically as “the world’s oldest profession” in the English–speaking world. A person who works in this field is called a prostitute, and is a type of sex worker.
Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms, and its legal status varies from country to country , ranging from being an enforced or unenforced crime, to unregulated, to a regulated profession. It is one branch of the sex industry, along with pornography, stripping, and erotic dancing. Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution.
A red-light district or pleasure district is a part of an urban area where a concentration of prostitution and sex-oriented businesses, such as sex shops, strip clubs, and adult theaters, are found. Areas in many big cities around the world have acquired an international reputation as red-light districts.
The term red-light district originates from the red lights that were used as signs for brothels.
Here we present you the Red Light Areas in the world.
10. Kabukicho, Tokyo, Japan.
Kabukichō is an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Kabukichō is the location of many host and hostess clubs, love hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, and is often called the “Sleepless Town” The district’s name comes from late-1940s plans to build a kabuki theater; although the theater was never built, the name stuck.
At present, Kabukichō has transformed from a residential area to a world-famous red-light district housing over three thousand bars, nightclubs, love hotels, massage parlours, hostess clubs and the like. Although referred here as a “red light district”, there are no red lights in the literal sense with prostitutes in the windows as in Amsterdam. Recently, tourism from China and Korea is on the rise, and so, many tourists can be seen in Kabukichō even during daytime.
9. Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany.
When it comes to European red light districts, Reeperbahn in Hamburg is notorious. The area is packed with nightclubs and bars, making it a go-to spot for travelers and locals who want to let off some steam on the weekends. It’s also home to Herbertstrasse, where women and those under 18 are strictly forbidden.
In fact, the street itself is gated off to help enforce this policy. Otherwise, the district is a melange of sex shops, porn stores, and the like, all mixed in with people in search of good times. Sex work is legal in Germany, so there are regulations surrounding the endeavor that, at least on the surface, keep things feeling a bit less tawdry than in other parts of the world. Even so, don’t come here expecting the warm and fuzzies.
8. Pigalle, Paris, France.
Pigalle is famous for being a tourist district, with many sex shops, theatres and adult shows on Place Pigalle and the main boulevards. Pigalle is well known to tourists who want to experience “Paris by night”. It is home to some of Paris’ most famous cabarets (the Moulin Rouge, for instance, was immortalised by artist Toulouse-Lautrec as well as Hollywood), as well as topless and nude shows.
7. Soi Cowboy, Bangkok, Thailand.
Soi Cowboy is a short street in Bangkok, Thailand, with some 40, mostly go-go bars. It caters mainly to tourists and expatriates. Soi Cowboy contains one of the three largest groups of foreign-oriented bars in Bangkok, the other two being Patpong and Soi Nana Tai.
The go-go bars follow the pattern common in Thailand: alcoholic drinks are served and women in bikinis dance on a stage. There is topless or even nude dancing.
6. Zona Norte, Tijuana, Mexico.
Zona Norte is an official neighborhood, as well as a red light district located in Tijuana, Mexico. It is among the largest red-light districts in North America known for its brothels, which present themselves in public as strip clubs and bars, similar to gentlemen’s clubs in the United States.
Prostitution is permitted in Tijuana’s red light district, designated a “tolerance zone”. Legal prostitution within the city requires sex workers to obtain a permit and be subjected to monthly health checkups. Brothels in Tijuana, many of them modeled on strip clubs and hostess clubs, must also conform to certain health regulations, such as standards of cleanliness, fixed operating hours and be placed a regulated distance from schools or day-care centers.
Many bars and strip clubs in Tijuana’s red light district in which women are the feature entertainment also operate as brothels, which offer attached hotel rooms for short intervals of time. Many other bars, styled “lady bars”, function as less explicit social clubs where prostitutes and nude sex shows are not accommodated on site, but “lady drinks” are offered at elevated prices, and freelance prostitutes look for clients.
5. Patpong, Bangkok, Thailand.
Patpong is an entertainment district in Bangkok’s Bang Rak neighbourhood, Thailand, catering mainly, though not exclusively, to foreign tourists and expatriates. While Patpong is internationally known as a red light district at the heart of Bangkok’s sex industry, it is in fact only one of several red-light districts with some catering primarily to Thai men while others, like Patpong, cater primarily to foreigners.
4. Sonagachi, Kolkata, India.
Sonagachi is India’s largest red–light district.
Its area contains several hundred multi-story brothels and an estimated 11,000 sex workers. Sonagachi is located in North Kolkata near the intersection of Chittaranjan Avenue and Shobhabazar with Beadon Street, about one kilometer north of Kolkata’s Marble Palace area.
3. Pascha, Cologne, France.
The brothel was opened in January 1972 in the Hornstrabe, under the name “Eros Center”. It was Europe’s first high rise brothel. The city of Cologne wanted to eliminate the red light district “Kleine Brinkgasse” in the city centre and issued a licence to build the new brothel on land owned by the city in the outskirts of town.
The prostitutes sued against closure of the Kleine Brinkgasse area and ultimately lost. In 1995 the owner of the Eros Centre changed after foreclosure, and the new name “Pascha” was introduced. They later added houses under the same name in Salzburg, Munich and Linz.
2.Villa Tinto, Antwerp, Belgium.
Prostitution is legal in Belgium, but related activities such as organising prostitution and other forms of pimping are illegal.Enforcement varies, and in some areas brothels are unofficially tolerated.
Most of the red–light districts in Belgium are made up of windows (where the prostitutes sit, usually scantily dressed, trying to entice customers in) although some street prostitution does occur.
1. De Wallen, Amtersdam.
The red light district in the world, De Wallen in Amsterdam, Netherlands gives meaning to the term ‘red light’. Made up of 6500 square meters of space that runs from Niezel in the north, Nieuwmkart in the east, Sint Jansstraat in the south and Warmoesstraat in the west, the area features myriad laneways and streets that are filled, largely, with one-room cabins where prostitutes stare out at their potential patrons from behind glass.
Long an area frequented by transients and sailors because of its proximity to the city’s harbour, De Wallen began to evolve into what its now become in the 18th century when women were given their own small rooms to work from, instead of being forced to go out into the city to find clients or work out of dirty, decrepit parlours.
Nowadays, the area is rife with the famous red-lit rooms in addition to the sex shops, sex theatres and peep shows that line the streets. Though De Wallen is one of the most considerable draws for visitors to the city, there’s no doubt that Amsterdam has perceived problems with the area in recent years due to the emigration and exploitation of women from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe who have come to the city in hopes of a different life.