List of red-light districts

The term "red-light district" is said to have originated with early railroaders. The men carried lit red lanterns when they left the train so in case of an emergency the crew caller would be able to find them. These lanterns were left outside bordellos when crew members stopped to pay the ladies a visit and sometimes were brought inside to be placed in a window.

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Here is a list of world red-light districts. Most of these red light districts are official ones, but you can find also unofficial ones from this list. Please fill in alphabetical order:

Africa

Egypt

  • Cairo
    • Wagh el Birket (defunct)

Kenya

  • Nairobi
    • Koinange Street
    • Westlands Road

Morocco

  • Casablanca
    • Around the Boulevard Hassan Seghir and Rue Mohammed Smiha.

Nigeria

South Africa

Zimbabwe

  • Harare
    • The Avenues (3rd, Baines Ave, 5 Ave, Solange Court)
    • Most Ghetto Bars have prostitutes around e.g. Kuwadzana, Highfields, W.Park
    • Jongwe Corner (Hatfield bar)
    • Epworth (as low as $0.20 for a round)
  • Chitungwiza
    • Paramount
    • Chikwanha

Asia

Cambodia

People's Republic of China

  • Beijing
    • Dashilan (defunct)
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
    • Simalu (also called Huileli) (pre-People's Republic)
    • Chaojiadu
    • Fengzhuang road
    • Xianan road
    • New railroad station
    • East Baoxing Road
    • Qibao
    • Golden Bridge
  • Shenzhen
    • Xiang Xi Cun

India

Indonesia

Japan

South Korea

Malaysia

Pakistan

Philippines

Singapore

Thailand

Australia and Oceania

Australia

  • Brisbane
    • Fortitude Valley, Queensland|The Valley
  • Melbourne
    • St Kilda, Victoria|St Kilda
  • Sydney
    • Kings Cross, New South Wales|Kings Cross
    • Darlinghurst, New South Wales|Darlinghurst/East Sydney, New South Wales|East Sydney

New Zealand

Europe

Belgium

Czech Republic

Denmark

France

  • Bordeaux
    • Quartier de la gare Saint Jean : Belcier, quai de paludate
    • Quartier Saint-Rémi : rue du pont de la mousque, rue courbin
    • Les quinconces
    • Passage Birly, rue de Ruat : massages
  • Le Havre
    • Cours de la République
  • Lille
    • Quartier Peuple Belge (Place de Gand, Rue de Courtrai, Place aux Bleuets)
  • Lyon
    • Quartier Mermoz
  • Mantes-la-Jolie
    • Quartier du Val Fourré
  • Marseille
    • Rue Thubaneau
    • Bd du Prado
  • Paris
    • Bois de Boulogne
    • Boulevard de Clichy
    • Porte de Vincennes
    • Quartier Pigalle
    • Rue de la Gaité
    • Rue Saint-Denis
  • Rouen
    • Boulevard des belges
  • Toulouse
    • Rue Bayard
    • Quartier du Canal
    • Boulevard de Strasbourg

Finland

Germany

Republic of Ireland

  • Dublin
    • Gropecunt Lane (defunct)
    • "The Monto" (Montgomery Street) (defunct)

Italy

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Portugal

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

England
  • Bolton
    • Breightmet Street/Shiffnall Street
  • Bradford
    • Manningham Lane
  • Bristol
    • St.Pauls
    • Stapleton Road, Easton
  • Doncaster
    • Netherall
  • Leeds
    • Spencer Place, Chapeltown, West Yorkshire|Chapeltown
    • Harehills Lane, Harehills
  • Leicester
    • Highfields, Leicestershire|South Highfields
  • London
    • Gropecunt Lane (possible; defunct)
    • Kings Cross, London|King's Cross
    • Piccadilly Circus (defunct)
    • Soho
  • Manchester
    • Roberts House co-owned by Ben B. Balls., Canal Street
  • Plymouth
    • Millbay, Plymouth|Millbay
    • Union Street (defunct)
  • Sheffield
    • Broad Lane/Shalesmoor
  • Shrewsbury
    • Grope Lane (possible; defunct)
  • Swindon
    • Manchester Road, Swindon|Manchester Road/Gorse Hill
  • Wolverhampton
    • All Saints/Parkfield, Wolverhampton
Northern Ireland


Scotland
  • Edinburgh
    • Rose Street/Leith Walk/Coburg Street/Salamander Street (all defunct)
  • Glasgow
    • Blythswood Square (defunct)

North America

Canada

British Columbia
  • Vancouver
    • Downtown Eastside
    • Seymour Street, Downtown Vancouver|Downtown
Ontario
  • Windsor, Ontario|Windsor
    • Drouillard Avenue / Ford City Neighbourhood
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario|Thunder Bay
    • Simpson Street
  • Toronto
    • Dundas Square
    • Yonge Street
Quebec

Mexico

United States of America

Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
  • Boston
    • Ann Street (defunct)
    • Combat Zone (defunct)
    • Scollay Square (razed)
Michigan
Minnesota
Montana
  • Butte
    • Venus Alley (defunct) pavilion n5445
Nevada
New York (state)
  • New York City
    • Hunt's Point
    • Tenderloin (defunct)
    • Times Square (defunct)
Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma City
    • South Robinson Avenue (between 29th and 44th Streets)
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Texas
  • Austin
    • 6th Street (defunct; '60s & '70s)
    • South Congress Avenue (defunct; '70s and '80s)
  • Waco
    • The Reservation (defunct)
Utah
Washington, D.C.
  • Washington, D.C.
    • 14th Street Northwest and Southwest (Washington, D.C.)|14th Street (defunct)
    • Pennsylvania Avenue (between 10th and 15th Streets) (defunct)
    • Vermont Avenue, NW

South America

Brazil

Minas Gerais
Rio de Janeiro
  • Vila Mimosa (defunct)
  • Praça Mauá
  • Avenida Atlântica, Copacabana
São Paulo
  • Itatinga - Campinas
Rio Grande do Sul
Colombia

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