We are going to travel to Russia (St Petersburg and Moscow). Is there any red light district (or something like that) in these cities? Where are these places?

Are they safe for tourists?

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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_by_country this is a very useful page.
    – user4188
    Jun 28, 2016 at 7:42
  • Are you asking because you want to see Russia's version of a red light district, or because you want to know if they're dangerous in case you end up walking through one by accident? Or both? Sep 20, 2016 at 16:30

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No, there are no such districts in either Moscow or St. Petersburg as of 2016. Prostitution is illegal in Russia and locations which become too well-known to the public are frequently raided and shut-down.

Obviously prostitution still exists, but it's not centered in any particular street or district. There are many websites online dedicated to reviews of such establishments, so you can try your luck on the Internet.

As for safety: unless you speak Russian without an accent, I wouldn't risk it. While those two cities can be generally safe, putting yourself in contact with the underground sex trade is a risky endeavor for foreigners.

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    @ReZa unless you speak Russian without an accent, I wouldn't risk it.
    – JonathanReez
    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:31
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    +1 to everybody. This can be very unsafe for you.
    – VMAtm
    Jun 28, 2016 at 12:57
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    I'mma bounty this asap.
    – JoErNanO
    Jun 28, 2016 at 14:00
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit Outrageous suggestion. Implies one will actually have to acknowledge a female as being a human being. Unrealistic IMO.
    – Fiksdal
    Jul 13, 2016 at 7:17
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    @Fiksdal: Insanity! Jul 13, 2016 at 8:49

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