Ethiopia: Troubled Lion

Along Addis Ababa's "Mattress Street," brothels used to be marked with red crosses until the International Red Cross complained that too many Ethiopians were wandering into first-aid stations looking for a treat instead of a treatment.

By government edict, red lights replaced the crosses. In the past two years, the electricity bill for Addis' red-light districts has risen as the number of cribs increased from 5,000 to 8,000. The boom is a significant symptom of change. Its cause: the influx of foreigners into the city for an endless series of conferences, all part of a determined attempt by His Imperial...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!