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Former Brothels
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The mission of this group is to seek out any and all former brothels or bordellos (houses of ill repute) within buildings that have a story to tell and last offered services from 1950 and earlier. Only existing buildings qualify for submission into this category. Former brothels which operated after 1950 may be submitted and reviewed on a case-by-case basis if there is enough historical evidence to merit inclusion. Buildings once used for sex-trafficking are NOT welcome here.
Expanded Description:
*NOTE* This category's aim is NOT to glamorize the business of prostitution but to appreciate the historical aspects of the many sites that existed in many neighborhoods around the world. This category does NOT condone any information submitted of a vulgar or crude nature. Buildings which once served in the sex-trafficking business will NOT be allowed in this category. While we officers admit that prostitution was responsible for exploiting many women throughout history, we also understand that many communities have purposely preserved their own stories of the profession via historical markers and plaques as a way of sharing with visitors of how life 'used to be.'

Wrap Text around ImageProstitution is generally known around the world as 'the oldest profession in the world.' In just about every culture and society there have been establishments in which, in some way, shape or form women have made the decision to offer erotic services to gentlemen as a means of earning a living. Many made it a career and became house 'madams'. These 'ladies of the evening' go by many names, some more eloquent than others (coquette, paramour, courtesan and concubine are just a few). The services offered to men were often conducted in well-do-to establishments and many of these buildings were located in the heart of a town or city where access to men from all walks of life and proclivities would be advantageous for women in the profession. This part of a town or city was often referred to as the 'red light district.'

Wrap Text around ImageThe goal of this category is to locate those buildings that were once home to a brothel but are currently either vacant or serve a different purpose today. Only existing buildings will be accepted into the category.

Maybe you've seen a historical marker or placard in front of a building that highlights its history and references its 'dark and seedy past.' Or maybe you've done some research online regarding a particular building and discovered an article or book that shares a story about the building's prior reputation for conducting these less-than-virtuous services. The objective is to find some tangible proof that a building once served as a brothel, waymark it and submit it here. This category will not allow word-of-mouth stories about a particular building's past or local and unconfirmed tales about 'The Best Little Whorehouse in (your town)' -- You will need to submit some sort of online or written documentation for your waymark to be approved.

Instructions for Posting a Former Brothels Waymark:
Only buildings that housed a brothel from 1950 and earlier will be approved. Any former brothel which operated after 1950 may be submitted and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis if enough history and notoriety exist to warrant inclusion into the category (the Dumas Hotel pictured above is a perfect example of a former brothel which continued in operation after 1950 yet would be accepted into the category).

NAMING CONVENTION: Please use the following naming convention to name your new Waymark: Current Name of the Building - City, State, Country (whichever is appropriate).

Example: Dumas Hotel - Butte, MT

A minimum of two sentences describing the former brothel's past are required in the long description. Describe your waymark in words that other visitors to your page would find interesting. Please keep your description as clean as possible (submissions considered pornographic in nature will be denied).

A minimum of two photos are required, one of them being a photo of the entire building.

LANGUAGE NOTE: We recognize waymarking as a global hobby and welcome waymarks from all countries. Because of our international scope, we also acknowledge ENGLISH as our lingua franca. English will create the highest level of accessibility globally. We encourage bilingual and multilingual waymarks, but one of the languages must be an ENGLISH translation in the long description.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Any log as a visit to a waymark will require a picture as proof that the person visited a particular former brothel. Any posted visits not containing a picture in the log will risk being being deleted.
Category Settings:
  • Waymarks can be added to this category
  • New waymarks of this category are reviewed by the category group prior to being published
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  • Last year of service on or before 1950
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