red light district

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A locality identified as an occupational site for prostitution, whether legalized and regulated, unregulated and illegal, or on the fringe of local laws and regulations. Red light districts are often the setting for other criminal activity, such as drug trafficking. In jurisdictions where prostitution is legal and regulated, medical examinations of sex workers and patrolling by police to enhance their safety from harm by violent clients may help to ensure that this otherwise marginal occupation is less hazardous and unhealthy than in the absence of legality.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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