List of red-light districts - 2012

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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.

A list of world red-light districts as of 01/2012

Africa[edit]

Egypt[edit]

  • Cairo
    • Wagh el Birket (defunct)

Kenya[edit]

  • Nairobi
    • Koinange Street

Morocco[edit]

  • Tangier
    • Petit Socco

South Africa[edit]

  • Durban
    • Point Road

Asia[edit]

Cambodia[edit]

  • Phnom Penh
    • Svay Pak

People's Republic of China[edit]

  • Beijing
    • Dashilan (defunct)
  • Hong Kong
    • Portland Street, Mong Kok, Wan Chai
  • Shanghai
    • Simalu (also called Huileli) (pre-People's Republic)

India[edit]

  • Delhi
    • Chawri
    • GB Road
  • Hyderabad, India|Hyderabad
    • Mehboob Ki Mehndi
  • Kolkata (formerly Calcutta)
    • Sonagachi
  • Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
    • Kamathipura
  • Pune
    • Budhwar Peth

Indonesia[edit]

  • Jakarta
    • Blok M

Japan[edit]

  • Kyoto
    • Shimabara (defunct)
  • Osaka
    • Kujo
    • Tobita
  • Tokyo
    • Kabukicho
    • Roppongi
    • Yoshiwara

South Korea[edit]

  • Daegu
    • Jagalmadang
  • Seoul
    • Cheongnyangni 588
    • Mia-ri
    • Yeongdeungpo

Malaysia[edit]

  • Kuala Lumpur
    • Chow Kit

Pakistan[edit]

  • Hyderabad, Pakistan|Hyderabad
    • Serey Ghat
  • Karachi
    • Napier Road
  • Lahore
    • Hira Mandi
  • Multan
    • Ghanta Ghar

Philippines[edit]

  • Angeles City (Clark Air Base)
    • Fields Avenue, Balibago

Singapore[edit]

  • Singapore
    • Geylang

Thailand[edit]

  • Bangkok
    • Clinton Plaza (defunct)
    • Patpong
    • Sukhumvit Road Area (including Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy)
  • Phuket
    • Soi Bang-La – Patong Beach
  • Pattaya#Nightlife_and_Prostitution|Pattaya
    • Pattaya Beach

Australia and Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Auckland
    • Karangahape Road
  • Christchurch
    • Manchester Street
  • Wellington
    • Vivian Street

Europe[edit]

Belgium[edit]

  • Antwerp
    • Schipperskwartier
  • Brussels
    • Rue d'Aerschot|Rue d'Aerschot/Aarschotstraat

Czech Republic[edit]

  • Prague
    • Perlovka

Denmark[edit]

  • Copenhagen
    • Istedgade

France[edit]

  • 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

Germany[edit]

  • Berlin
    • Oranienburger Strasse
  • Frankfurt
    • Bahnhofsviertel
  • Hamburg
    • St. Pauli (Reeperbahn)
  • Munich
    • Hansastraße
  • Nuremberg
    • Frauentor-Mauer

Republic of Ireland[edit]

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

Italy[edit]

  • Milan
    • Navigli (defunct)

Malta[edit]

  • Gżira (defunct)
  • Valletta
    • Strait Street (defunct)

Netherlands[edit]

  • Alkmaar
    • Achterdam
  • Amsterdam
    • De Wallen

Norway[edit]

  • Bergen
    • Vågen harbour
  • Oslo
    • Tollbugata
    • Skippergata
  • Stavanger
    • The Harbour

Portugal[edit]

  • Lisbon
    • Cais do Sodré
    • Intendente
  • Porto
  • Trindade, Porto|Trindade

Spain[edit]

  • Madrid
    • Casa de Campo

Sweden[edit]

  • Göteborg
    • Rosenlund
  • Stockholm
    • Malmskillnadsgatan

Switzerland[edit]

  • Geneva
  • Rue de Bern

United Kingdom[edit]

England[edit]
  • 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, Plymouth|Union Street (defunct)
  • Sheffield
    • Broad Lane/Shalesmoor
  • Shrewsbury
    • Grope Lane (possible; defunct)
  • Swindon
    • Manchester Road, Swindon|Manchester Road/Gorse Hill
  • Wolverhampton
    • All Saints, Wolverhampton|All Saints/Parkfield, Wolverhampton|Parkfield –
Northern Ireland[edit]
  • Belfast
    • Linenhall Street
Scotland[edit]
  • Edinburgh
    • Rose Street/Leith Walk/Coburg Street/Salamander Street (all defunct)
  • Glasgow
    • Blythswood Square (defunct)

North America[edit]

Canada[edit]

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

Mexico[edit]

  • Mexico City
    • La Merced, Mexico City|La Merced
    • Zona Rosa
  • Nuevo Laredo
    • Zona de tolerancia

United States[edit]

Alaska[edit]
  • Anchorage, Alaska|Anchorage
    • Spenard Road
  • Ketchikan, Alaska|Ketchikan
    • Creek Street (defunct)
Arizona[edit]
  • Phoenix, Arizona|Phoenix
    • Van Buren Street
  • Prescott, Arizona|Prescott
    • Whiskey Row (defunct after 1956)
California[edit]
  • El Centro, California|El Centro
    • Adams Avenue
  • Los Angeles
    • Sunset Boulevard – Hollywood, Los Angeles, California|Hollywood
    • Western Avenue (Los Angeles)|Western Avenue – Hollywood
  • San Fernando Valley
    • Sepulveda Boulevard
  • San Francisco, California|San Francisco
    • Barbary Coast, San Francisco, California|Barbary Coast (defunct)
    • Tenderloin, San Francisco, California|Tenderloin
Colorado[edit]
  • Denver
    • East Colfax Avenue
Florida[edit]
  • Orlando, Florida|Orlando
    • Orange Blossom Trail (OBT)
Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia[edit]
  • Atlanta
    • Metropolitan Parkway (formerly known as Stewart Avenue)
  • Macon
    • Broadway
  • Savannah
    • River Street
  • Warner Robins
    • Front Street
Hawaii[edit]
  • Honolulu, Hawaii|Honolulu
    • Hotel Street
Illinois[edit]
  • Chicago, Illinois|Chicago
    • The Levee (defunct)
Indiana[edit]
  • Terre Haute, Indiana|Terre Haute
    • Wabash Avenue (defunct)
Louisiana[edit]
  • New Orleans
    • Storyville (defunct)
    • Bourbon Street
Maryland[edit]
  • Baltimore, Maryland|Baltimore
    • The Block (Baltimore)|The Block
Massachusetts[edit]
  • Boston, Massachusetts|Boston
    • Ann Street, Boston|Ann Street (defunct)
    • Combat Zone (Boston)|Combat Zone (defunct)
    • Scollay Square (razed)
Michigan[edit]
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan|Grand Rapids
    • Division Avenue
Minnesota[edit]
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis
    • Washington & Central Avenue
  • St. Paul, Minnesota|St. Paul
    • Payne Avenue
Montana[edit]
  • Butte, Montana|Butte
    • Venus Alley (defunct) pavilion n5445
Nevada[edit]
  • Reno
    • Fourth Street
New York[edit]
  • New York City
    • Hunt's Point
    • Tenderloin, Manhattan|Tenderloin (defunct)
    • Times Square (defunct)
Oklahoma[edit]
  • Oklahoma City
    • South Robinson Avenue (between 29th and 44th Streets)
Pennsylvania[edit]
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|Philadelphia
    • Northern Liberties (defunct)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|Pittsburgh
    • Liberty Avenue (Pittsburgh)|Liberty Avenue (largely defunct)
Tennessee[edit]
  • Nashville, Tennessee|Nashville
    • Dickerson Pike (somewhat defunct)
    • Murfreesboro Pike (somewhat defunct)
Texas[edit]
  • Austin, Texas|Austin
    • 6th Street (defunct; '60s & '70s)
    • South Congress Avenue (defunct; '70s and '80s)
  • Waco, Texas|Waco
    • The Reservation (defunct)
Utah[edit]
  • Salt Lake City, Utah|Salt Lake City
    • Downtown Salt Lake City#Commercial Street|Commercial Street (defunct)
Washington, DC[edit]
  • 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[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Minas Gerais[edit]
  • Belo Horizonte
    • Zona Boêmia
Rio de Janeiro[edit]
  • Vila Mimosa (defunct)
  • Praça Mauá
  • Avenida Atlântica, Copacabana
São Paulo[edit]
  • Itatinga - Campinas
Rio Grande do Sul[edit]
  • Porto Alegre
    • Avenida Farrapos

See also Red-light district

More information is available at [ Wikipedia:List_of_red-light_districts ]
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