Despite having lived here for almost 15 years, I’ve never actually visited Singapore’s notorious (at least in Singapore…) red light district, the oft-joked-about-but-actually-very-cool Geylang. It’s one of this generally sterile nation’s seedier areas–that last term maybe deserving of quotation marks. (This is Singapore, after all.) Even walking down a dark street lined with, shall we say, working girls & their soon-to-be clients, the place seems more curiosity than danger zone. But look, of the red light districts I’ve been to in my short 19 years (not many you would hope), I imagine the general rule is just to be respectful, as you would (should?) with any person. ie., no gawking, no “HEY-TAKE-A-PICTURE-OF-ME-WITH-THIS-PROSTITUTE-BRO!” + any other annoying and/or potentially provocative behaviour.
And, for those not yet up to date on Strange Singaporean Laws, prostitution is, in fact, legal. As for peeing in elevators, well, we’re still waiting on that one.
Claypot rice and a spot of chrysanthemum tea.
So there you have it, the red light district of a country you wouldn’t really suspect would tolerate red light districts. Makes it more interesting I guess. How does this compare to other places in the world, I wonder? Amsterdam, Paris & Thailand are the only other ones I’ve seen.* What’s the sex-trade hangout place like where you live?
P.S. – if anyone out there can provide WordPress insight regarding photo uploading (specifically: why does WP consistently rob me of photo sharpness?!) the help would be much appreciated.
*Please note that I am not a sex tourist.