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Sin City (description)

Sin City is a nickname for an urban area (a city or part of) that caters to various vices, perhaps the most well known example being Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. These vices may be legal (depending on area) or illegal activities which are tolerated.

Examples of vices include sex-related services (prostitution, strip clubs, sex shops, etc), gambling (casinos, betting shops, etc), or drug use (alcohol, marijuana, etc consumption), and even excessive gang activity. If the area is small, it is often called a red-light district, as in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Sin Cities in the world

Cities or areas that have this reputation include:Americas

Former Sin Cities


  • Berlin, 1920s and early 1930s (Prostitution, numerous cabarets, decadence in general)Americas
  • In 1955, Terre Haute, IN was labeled Sin City by the monthly magazine Stag. (reputation for being "wide open", with gambling and a well-developed "red light district")Asia
  • Shanghai, China, 1920's and 1930's.


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