According to a study from the University of Central Lancashire, prostitutes make great neighbors, and not just because they let you borrow a little sugar.
The study found that the funny business that goes down in brothels boosts the safety and economy and the neighborhood, making things better for families. Residents described living next to erotic massage parlors and brothels as "better than daytime television," and said that the employees are "neighbours who put the bins out like everyone else."
Focusing on Blackpool, the city dubbed "The Amsterdam of the UK," residents of the Red Light District find that "gaudy neon signs advertising sex for sale 'brighten up the area' and make people feel safer by making the streets busier," and it's good for the neighborhood when people get busy,
The city council of Blackpool set its sights on shutting down the "vice trade," fearing that it's bad for tourism, and started by confining all the brothers to one specific strip. The study, titled, "Brothels in Blackpool: The Ordinary Neighbour?" found that rather than being outraged, residents of the 24-hour sex district find the business "comforting."
Dr. Emily Cooper of the University of Central Lancashire found that small businesses appreciate the sex trade for making small talk with customers easier, writing:
Those parlours surrounded by other non-sex work businesses and residences were often referred to by nearby non-sex work business workers as a means of breaking the ice and building rapport with customers, because of questions asked about the parlours being there.
Dr. Cooper hopes that the positive findings of these studies will encourage more tolerant policing in red light districts all over the world.
"They contribute economically via the use of taxi services and other amenities for clients and sex workers, and finally, a role that is never reported, the sex workers are also neighbours and friends who 'put the bins out like everybody else'," she concluded.
These findings give the green light to buy real estate with the Red Light.