so called from the traditional practice of employing red lights to indicate houses of prostitution
1894, in the meaning defined above
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“Red-light district.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red-light%20district. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.
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