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Empty chairs outside a brothel in Singapore's red light district, Geylang. Singapore's seediest neighbourhood looks downright tame these days.
Geylang, a neighborhood northeast of Central Singapore, has long been associated with sex work and other versions of assorted vices. When I was growing up, it was a place of cheap thrills and broken rules.
Illegal sidewalk gambling tables typically sic bo or shells would appear and disappear to the rhythm of police patrols.
So-called "freelancers"—sex workers without an affiliation to any of the neighbourhood's licensed brothels—would walk the sidewalks. And enterprising smugglers would sell untaxed Malaysian cigarettes under the cover of darkness. Today, it's still the tiny, buttoned-down city-state's biggest "licensed" red light district.
But something's also changed in the last decade or so. Geylang's streets are quiet. The freelancers are mostly gone. The pimps, men who used to linger on the sidewalks and pull passersby in with a few choice words, have vanished. Same with the gamblers and thrifty smokers. What happened?