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A red-light district or pleasure district is a part of an urban area where a concentration of prostitution and sex-oriented businessessuch as sex shopsstrip clubsand 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 of brothels.

Author Paul Wellman suggests that this and other terms associated with the American Old West originated in Dodge City, Kansashome to a well-known prostitution district during the 19th century, which included the Red Light House saloon. However, folklorist Barbara Mikkelson regards this as unfounded.

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This has independent origins from the same term Sexy red light English. Japanese police drew a red line on maps to indicate the boundaries of legal red-light districts.

In the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries, the term "sporting district" became popular for legal red-light districts.

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Municipal governments typically defined such districts explicitly to contain and regulate prostitution. Some red-light districts such as De WallenNetherlands, or ReeperbahnGermany are places which are officially designated by authorities for legal and regulated prostitution.

Some red-light districts such as those in The Hague [9] are under video surveillance. This can help counter illegal forms of prostitution such as child prostitutionin these areas that do allow regular prostitution to occur.

Reeperbahn in HamburgGermany.

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