red-light district

noun
an area or district in a city in which many houses of prostitution are located.

Origin:
1890–95; allegedly so called because brothels displayed red lights

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Well, maybe after they shut down the red-light district, too.
At night, a visit to a cafe or a stroll through the red-light district offer more adult attractions.
No book about the red-light district would be complete without a splash of insider knowledge.
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