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...

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