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  Istanbul Red Light District Tour

How Can a Prostitute be a Sight?

I've never seen a prostitute in my hometown. But when a tourist is "on the road," that road is often Skid Row. And in the old town centers, the sight of women selling their bodies can be hard to avoid. To be honest, I am powerfully fascinated by the drama of well-worn women in a male-dominated world, humiliating lonely men in grotty little rooms by charging them a day's wage for ten minutes of sexual fun. Still not exactly clear on who the "victims" are, I can barely resist swinging through the red-light-illuminated streets that border many European train stations.

Prostitution is everywhere in Europe. It always has been. In London, "models" keep the lanes of Soho crawling with lonely men on the prowl. In Paris, the impossibly friendly waitresses in Pigalle's velvety bars do their best to make a bottle of cheap champagne worth $100. Along Lisbon's Avenida da Liberdade, nubile girls compete coyly with Edith Bunkers wearing little more than a vest and panties. Oslo's prostitutes seem more drugged out than most. Beyond even covering up their needle marks, their eyes have a hollow Viking spaciness to them. Just off Barcelona's Ramblas, foul-mouthed ladies of the night fire off obscenities at gawkers. Just a condom shot from the Columbus statue, they congregate around a statue honoring the Canadian scientist who invented penicillin. And Frankfurt's towers of sexual power keep travelers whether horny or just curious with down-time between trains plenty busy. Several six-story "love towers" rattle with the commotion of men, parading like lusty chain gangs, up and down the fire escape-type stairs between corridors of girls. Sounding like someone selling a pig on the taste of corn they promise, "I'll make you very happy."

All these red lights sprung from Istanbul old sailors' quarter where on Kadem Street Istanbul and sister street, Zurafa. Please check; map of red light district Istanbul seems to have taken everything sailors do, put it in a jar, and let it germinate for 200 years. Today that jar is open and browsers are welcome. (But keep your camera stowed. Sneak a photo and you're likely to endure the humiliation of a line of angry prostitutes screaming obscenities at you and pelting you with fruit or worse.)

Istanbul Red Light district is a hardcore, nonstop, live-couples, first-floor-straight, second-floor-gay, parade of humanity at its kinkiest. Americans who feel goofy gawking should remember that the area's streets are clogged with countless others mostly from Asia and other parts of Europe who are just as wide-eyed as you. The tour guide in me jumps at the opportunity to give a group such a unique memory as a Red Light ramble. The kid in me delights in the spectacle, while the father in me cringes at the sight of a ten-year-old schoolgirl, bookbag on her back, pondering a window full of dildos, whips, and inflatable orifices.

 

 
 
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Walking Tour in Istanbul
Duration 2 Hours
Departure All Year Round
What to visit Galata Bridge, Beyoglu, Pera, Istiklal Street


Tour of "Red Light District" .


Since the 1870s , prostitution has thrived in Istanbuls Beyoglu district, which houses Kadem and its sister street, Zurafa. For five decades, an Armenian businesswoman, Matild Manukyan, ran an empire of Beyoglu brothels that netted her an estimated $4 million annually until her death in 2001. Sunday, the last day of rest before the workweek, always brought her particularly brisk business.

With Manukyans death ,the city lost not only a substantial source of revenue (she reportedly paid $1.2 million in taxes in 1992), but also a good half-dozen of its best-known brothels. Her son, an engineer, closed her properties.

It is little known , In the early twentieth century, Istanbul was a center for prostitution for its role in the TRAFFIC WHITE WOMAN. Newly founded Turkish Republic regulated prostitution was transformed in the urban geographies of Istanbul in the 1920s and 1930s.

By the 1860s,A French visitor to Odessa wrote that Jews there were responsible for a white slavery market in Russian women to Turkey. This is feasible, especially since we know that Jewish brothel-keepers were already in place at the other end in Constantinople. The 1889 census shows that Jewish women ran 30 of 36 licensed brothels in Kherson province, where Odessa was located. In 1908 the American consul there claimed that the whole business of prostitution is almost exclusively in the hands of Jews.

The neighborhood of Galata , located on a steep hump of land north of the Golden Horn and historic peninsula, actually sits on the earliest foundations of the city, dating, as far as present-day archaeologists can tell, to Greek and Roman times

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