Sin City (description)

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Sin City is a nickname that may be applied to an urban area (a city or part of) that caters to various vices. 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 organized crime and gang activity. If the city is known for prostitution, it is often called a red-light district, as in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sin Cities in the world[edit]

Cities or areas that have this reputation include:




North America[edit]

  • Canada
    • Montreal became well known as one of North America's "sin cities" with unparalleled nightlife, a reputation it still holds today. In part, its bustling nightlife is attributed to its relatively late "last call" (3 a.m.), a large university population, the drinking age of 18, and the excellent public transportation system combines with other aspects of the Montreal culture to make the city's nightlife unique. The diversity of the clubs in Montreal attests to the popularity of its nightlife, with night clubs, pubs, bars and singing bars ("boîte à chanson"), Latin clubs, African clubs, jazz clubs, lounges, after-hours houses, and strip clubs all attracting different types of customers.
  • Mexico
    • Tijuana (drugs, prostitution, drinking, police corruption, strip clubs)[3]
  • United States
    • Alabama
    • California
      • Los Angeles[23] and its Hollywood district (bank robberies, porn industry, sex-publishing industries, tabloids, prostitution (Sunset & Vine); also includes police corruption, nightclubs, drugs, drinking, strip clubs, gangs.)[6]
      • San Francisco (organized crime, gangs, drugs, and prostitution)[24]
    • Florida
      • Miami (gangs, organized crime, drug trafficking, prostitution, drinking, political and police corruption, scams, strip clubs)[6]
    • Illinois
      • Calumet City (organized crime, illegal alcohol consumption, gambling, prostitution)[25]
      • Chicago (organized crime, political and police corruption)[26]
    • Kentucky
      • Newport is the first city within North America to be coined the title due to its role in prostitution, gambling, gangs, gunplay, racketeering, and many others.[27]
    • Nevada
      • Las Vegas (gambling, bookmaking, easy marriage, easy divorce, organized crime, prostitution [however, prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas and Clark County], strip clubs, cabarets, clubbing, 24-hour liquor sales [as in all of Nevada];[28][6] quote: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."). In former days it was known also for organized crime and police and political corruption.
      • Reno;[29] (gambling, drinking, strip clubs, clubbing, easy marriage, easy divorce, prostitution [however, prostitution is illegal in Reno and Washoe County] 24-hour liquor sales [as in all of Nevada]).
    • New Jersey
      • Atlantic City (gambling, bookmaking, organized crime, drinking, prostitution, clubbing, and strip clubs)[6] (Known as the World Famous Playground) (In the old days it was known also for organized crime, police corruption, and political corruption).[30]
    • New York

South America[edit]

  • Brazil
    • Rio de Janeiro (male & female prostitution, scams, notorious prison system, police corruption, political corruption, drinking, drugs, favelas, gangs, clubbing)[3][6]
  • Colombia
    • Medellin (police corruption, prostitution, drinking, drugs, gangs, clubbing)[31]
  • Venezuela
    • Caracas (scams, prison system corruption, police corruption, political corruption, prostitution, organized crime, drinking, drugs, slums, gangs, robbery, clubbing, drug trafficking, violence)[6]


  • Australia
    • Kings Cross, New South Wales – A historically notorious inner-city of Sydney, although this reputation is outdated with the imposition of new lockout laws in February 2014 changing the character of the area dramatically, and arguably eliminating the only "sin city" in Australia.[32] (Prostitution, brothels, gambling (illegal and legal), organized crime, bikie gangs (to an extent), police corruption, drugs, strip clubs, drinking, excessive, drunken and random violence.)[6]
  • New Zealand

Former Sin Cities[edit]


  • China
    • Shanghai – 1920s and 1930s[35] (organized crime, opium dens, gambling, police corruption, political corruption, prostitution)


North America[edit]

  • Canada
    • Montreal, Quebec, which earned a reputation for vice through American tourists fleeing the prohibition laws.[36][37]
  • United States
    • Alabama
    • Florida
      • Miami,[39] during the 1970s and 1980s (organized crime, drug trafficking, gangs, strip clubs, clubbing, drinking, police corruption, prostitution, brothels and political corruption)
    • Illinois
      • Chicago in the 1920s to 1930s (prostitution, bootlegging, cabarets, speakeasies, illegal gambling, bank robberies, police corruption, political corruption, organized crime, and gang activity)
    • Indiana
    • Kentucky
    • Massachusetts
      • Boston, Massachusetts, from the early-1960s to the early-1990s recession years, known for the Scollay Square burlesque district and the Combat Zone adult entertainment district, Suffolk Downs on the Revere city line, notorious housing projects, the largest policy racket in the United States, loan shark offices at Bennington and Brooks streets in the East Boston district, and rowdy Irish pubs aligned along West Broadway and Dorchester streets in the South Boston district.
      • Lynn, Massachusetts, during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, known for its famous rhyme, "Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin, you never come out the way you go in.
    • Louisiana
    • New York
      • New York City in the mid to late 19th Century and 20th century (prostitution, brothels, illegal gambling, notorious slums, pickpocketing, police corruption, political corruption, drugs, gangs, organized crime), Times Square from the mid-1960s until circa 1990 (prostitution, pornography, go-go bars, sex shops, sex shows, squeegee men, strip clubs, clubbing, drugs, organized crime)
      • Utica, in the 1930s through the 1950s for the extent of its corruption and control from political machines, presence of organized crime.[44]
    • Texas
      • Galveston in the 1920s to 1957 (prostitution, organized crime, gambling, speakeasies, drinking, police corruption, political corruption)[45]

See also[edit]


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