Brothel

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A brothel, bordello, or whorehouse is a place where people engage in sexual activity with prostitutes.wikipedia
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Prostitution

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A brothel, bordello, or whorehouse is a place where people engage in sexual activity with prostitutes.
Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution.

Massage parlor

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However, for legal or cultural reasons, establishments often describe themselves as massage parlors, bars, strip clubs, body rub parlours, studios, or by some other description.
Some massage parlors are front organizations for prostitution and the term "massage parlor" has also become a euphemism for a brothel.

Sex work

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Sex work in a brothel is considered safer than street prostitution.
Types of sex work include, but are not limited to, street prostitution, indoor prostitution (escort services, brothel work, massage parlor-related prostitution, bar or casino prostitution), phone sex operation, exotic dancing, lap dancing, webcam modeling, pornographic film performing, and nude peepshow performing.

Prostitution in Asia

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Such situations exist in many parts of the world, but the region most often associated with these policies is Asia.
In Kazakhstan prostitution itself is legal, but acts facilitating prostitution, such as operating a brothel or prostitution ring, are illegal.

Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others

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On 2 December 1949, the United Nations General Assembly approved the [[Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others]].
The Convention requires state parties to punish any person who "procures, entices, or leads away, for purposes of prostitution, another person, even with the consent of that person", "exploits the prostitution of another person, even with the consent of that person" (Article 1), or runs a brothel or rents accommodations for prostitution purposes (Article 2).

Pascha (brothel)

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The largest brothel in Europe is the Pascha in Cologne.
The Pascha is a 12-storey 9,000 square metre brothel in Cologne, Germany.

Dumas Brothel

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Although the Dumas Hotel in Butte, Montana operated legally from 1890 until 1982, brothels are currently illegal throughout the United States, except in rural Nevada; prostitution outside these licensed brothels is illegal throughout the state.
The Dumas Brothel was a bordello in Butte, Montana.

Prostitution in Nevada

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Although the Dumas Hotel in Butte, Montana operated legally from 1890 until 1982, brothels are currently illegal throughout the United States, except in rural Nevada; prostitution outside these licensed brothels is illegal throughout the state.
Strictly regulated brothels operate legally in mainly isolated rural areas, away from the majority of Nevada's population.

Prostitution in ancient Greece

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These brothels catered for a predominantly male clientele, with women of all ages and young men providing sexual services (see Prostitution in ancient Greece).
It was far from being clandestine; cities did not condemn brothels, but rather only instituted regulations on them.

Prostitution in the United States

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Although the Dumas Hotel in Butte, Montana operated legally from 1890 until 1982, brothels are currently illegal throughout the United States, except in rural Nevada; prostitution outside these licensed brothels is illegal throughout the state.
In the 19th century, parlor house brothels catered to upper class clientele, while bawdy houses catered to the lower class.

Le Chabanais

During the first half of the 20th century, some Paris brothels, such as le Chabanais and le Sphinx, were internationally known for the luxury they provided.
Le Chabanais was one of the best known and most luxurious brothels in Paris, operating near the Louvre at 12 rue Chabanais from 1878 until 1946, when brothels were outlawed in France.

Le Sphinx

During the first half of the 20th century, some Paris brothels, such as le Chabanais and le Sphinx, were internationally known for the luxury they provided.
Le Sphinx was a maison close (brothel) in Paris in the 1930s and 1940s.

Marthe Richard

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France outlawed brothels in 1946, after a campaign by Marthe Richard.
She later became a politician and worked towards the closing of brothels in France in 1946.

Cross Bones

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Women who worked in these brothels were denied Christian burial and buried in the unconsecrated graveyard known as Cross Bones.
The area lay outside the jurisdiction of the City of London and as a consequence became known for its brothels and theatres, as well as bull and bear baiting, activities not permitted within the City itself.

Silver Cross Tavern

Charles I of England licensed a number of brothels including the Silver Cross Tavern in London, which retains its licence to modern day because it was never revoked.
It has been argued to be the only theoretically legal (albeit non-operating) brothel in the country, on the grounds that a 17th century royal licence on the building was never revoked.

Strip club

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However, for legal or cultural reasons, establishments often describe themselves as massage parlors, bars, strip clubs, body rub parlours, studios, or by some other description.
Premises listed as adult entertainment sites included strip clubs, sex shops, brothels, massage parlors, gay clubs, gaming houses, and gambling clubs.

Red-light district

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The maisons were required to light a red lantern when they were open (from which is derived the term red-light district) and the prostitutes were only permitted to leave the maisons on certain days and only if accompanied by its head.
The term red-light district originates from the red lights that were used as signs for brothels.

Prostitution in India

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The governments of many Indian princely states had regulated prostitution in India prior to the 1860s.
A number of related activities including soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel, prostitution in a hotel, child prostitution, pimping and pandering are illegal.

Entertainment

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Brothels have been used formally in China for prostitution and entertainment since Ancient China in its feudal period.
Similarly, in Shanghai, China, in the 1930s, "dancing and nightclubs had come to symbolise the excess that plagued Chinese society" and officials wondered if "other forms of entertainment such as brothels" should also be banned.

German military brothels in World War II

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During the Second World War in Europe, Nazi Germany created military brothels where an estimated 34,140 enslaved women from Nazi-occupied Europe, particularly Poland, were forced to work as prostitutes in brothels.
These brothels were generally new creations, but in the West, they were sometimes set up using existing brothels as well as many other buildings.

Ianjo

During the Second World War, women drawn from throughout the Far East were forced into sexual slavery by the occupation armies of Imperial Japan in brothels known as Ianjo.
Ianjo is a military brothel, established by Japanese during World War II.

Prostitution in colonial India

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The British Raj enacted the Cantonment Act of 1864 to regulate prostitution in colonial India as a matter of accepting a necessary evil.
Stephen Edwardes, police commissioner of Bombay from 1909 to 1917, noted that brothels of European women were accepted so that British men did not have to engage in sexual relations with Indian women.

Recreation and Amusement Association

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After the Japanese surrender following the Second World War, the Japanese government formed the Recreation and Amusement Association and recruited 55,000 of its "patriotic women" to "sacrifice themselves" to the G.I. occupation, to protect the chastity of pure Japanese womenfolk.
These facilities (which included dance halls, restaurants, and bars in addition to brothels) were to be staffed by women already involved in the "water trade" prostitution system for preventing sexual violence to Japanese women and girls.

Artemis (brothel)

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Artemis is one of the largest brothels in Germany, where prostitution and brothels are legal and widespread.

Gay bathhouse

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Unlike brothels, customers pay only for the use of the facilities.