Ghent’s Red-Light District in Comparative Perspective

  title={Ghent’s Red-Light District in Comparative Perspective},
  author={Ronald Weitzer and Dominique Boels},
  journal={Sexuality Research and Social Policy},
Research on modern red-light districts is centered largely on street prostitution zones. Missing from most of the literature are studies that examine red-light districts consisting of clusters of visible indoor businesses that are legal and regulated by the authorities. This paper examines this kind of zone in Ghent, Belgium. A variety of data is used to document this red-light district’s social and physical ecology, routine activities within it, and key characteristics of actors involved in… 

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