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Ghent's Red-Light district in comparative perspective

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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 the sector. The goal of the paper is to provide a fairly comprehensive analysis of both the zone's internal arrangements as well as ways in which it is shaped by external forces. The findings are then compared to previous research on red-light districts in two other Belgian cities, Antwerp and Brussels, which reveals significant differences between the three settings.
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SEX WORK, STREET PROSTITUTION, CITY, NEIGHBORHOODS, PORNOGRAPHY, TOLERANCE, AMSTERDAM, POLITICS, ANTWERP, CITIES, Prostitution, Legalization, Vice, Regulation, Public policy

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Weitzer, Ronald, and Dominique Boels. “Ghent’s Red-Light District in Comparative Perspective.” SEXUALITY RESEARCH AND SOCIAL POLICY 12.3 (2015): 248–260. Print.
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Weitzer, R., & Boels, D. (2015). Ghent’s Red-Light district in comparative perspective. SEXUALITY RESEARCH AND SOCIAL POLICY, 12(3), 248–260.
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Weitzer, Ronald, and Dominique Boels. 2015. “Ghent’s Red-Light District in Comparative Perspective.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy 12 (3): 248–260.
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Weitzer, Ronald, and Dominique Boels. 2015. “Ghent’s Red-Light District in Comparative Perspective.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy 12 (3): 248–260.
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Weitzer R, Boels D. Ghent’s Red-Light district in comparative perspective. SEXUALITY RESEARCH AND SOCIAL POLICY. 2015;12(3):248–60.
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R. Weitzer and D. Boels, “Ghent’s Red-Light district in comparative perspective,” SEXUALITY RESEARCH AND SOCIAL POLICY, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 248–260, 2015.
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  abstract     = {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 the sector. The goal of the paper is to provide a fairly comprehensive analysis of both the zone's internal arrangements as well as ways in which it is shaped by external forces. The findings are then compared to previous research on red-light districts in two other Belgian cities, Antwerp and Brussels, which reveals significant differences between the three settings.},
  author       = {Weitzer, Ronald and Boels, Dominique},
  issn         = {1868-9884},
  journal      = {SEXUALITY RESEARCH AND SOCIAL POLICY},
  keywords     = {SEX WORK,STREET PROSTITUTION,CITY,NEIGHBORHOODS,PORNOGRAPHY,TOLERANCE,AMSTERDAM,POLITICS,ANTWERP,CITIES,Prostitution,Legalization,Vice,Regulation,Public policy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {248--260},
  title        = {Ghent's Red-Light district in comparative perspective},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13178-015-0181-1},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2015},
}

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