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Aksaray (literally "White Palace" in Turkish) is a neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey. Aksaray is a part of the district of Fatih. It is so named because it was founded by migrants from Aksaray in central Turkey, deported there in the 15th century by Mehmet II to repopulate the city after the its conquest.  It also borders the neighborhood of Eminönü around the Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque. Aksaray has a modern appearance, with many hotels and shops, mostly active in trade with Russia and Romania. In Aksaray there is the end station of the line on the Istanbul LRT to the Atatürk International Airport in Yeşilköy
Hub for sex trafficking
Aksaray is also known as a hub for the illegal sex trafficking of young women from Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. Some reports in the Turkish media have claimed that the neighborhood is especially prone to prostitution because it is a "no man's land" between two adjoining police jurisdictions, Fatih and Eminonu.
- Mamboury, Ernest (1953). The Tourists' Istanbul. Istanbul: Çituri Biraderler Basımevi.
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