It's easy to find the "red light district" in countries where prostitution is legal. Just check your tourist guide book! But what about countries (like the United States) where prostitution is illegal in most areas? Aside from a few counties in Nevada, prostitution is illegal. But every city in the U.S. has its own red light district where porn stores, adult movie theaters, street prostitutes and cheap hotels abound. Maybe you're curious to check out a new city's seedier side, or maybe you want to be sure to avoid that area when you are booking a vacation. (I don't judge!) But the question remains: how can you locate the red light district in an unfamiliar city?
- Low-income neighborhoods. If you are driving around, look for areas with a lot of run-down apartment buildings, pawn shops, check cashing stores, faded store signage, etc.
- Adult video stores, adult book stores and adult movie theaters. These legit businesses are found throughout most cities, but they tend to congregate in a city's red light district. Skim the addresses and look for street names that seem to reoccur often.
- Cheap, non-chain hotels and motels. Look for places that advertise weekly rates and free HBO. (I don't know why these places always tout their free HBO, but they do.)