An uncompromising look at the lives of sex workers in an area of Leeds where, if you're buying or selling sex, you won't get arrested.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 20 minutes

Premier: 2016-07-12

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The Combat Zone was the name given in the 1960s to the adult entertainment district in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Centered on Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street, the area was once the site of many strip clubs, peep shows, X-rated movie theaters, and adult bookstores. It also had a reputation for crime, including prostitution. In 1974, in an attempt to contain the spread of adult businesses, the Boston Redevelopment Authority officially designated the Combat Zone as the city's adult entertainment district. For a variety of reasons, such as rising property values and the introduction of home video technology, most of the adult businesses in the area have since closed, and the “Combat Zone” moniker has become obsolete. Today, the area is part of Chinatown and features extensive recent redevelopment. Between Boylston Street and Lagrange Street are several 2000s-era residential highrise buildings, while south of Lagrange Street are a wide variety of Asian cuisine restaurants (including Malay, Vietnamese, and Chinese) and other small shops occupy historic storefronts.

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The Combat Zone is briefly mentioned in Stephen King's 2011 novel 11/22/63. It is also mentioned in the King novels Cujo and Blaze. In 2010 the Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston (now the Miller Yezerski Gallery) hosted an exhibit titled “Boston Combat Zone: 1969-1978,” featuring black-and-white photographs by Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt, and John Goodman. At the opening, several former Combat Zone entertainers were critical of what they saw as an overemphasis on the area's negative aspects. In Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996), the characters Pemulis and Struck are alleged patrons of the Combat Zone after the district's relocation to “east of the Common.” Part 3 of Lynda Hull's seven-part poem, “Suite for Emily” (1993), describes the Combat Zone. Hull, an award-winning poet, lived for a time in Boston's Chinatown. A 1983 episode of the Boston-set television series Cheers (“Showdown, Part 1”) includes a moment when Ernie Pantusso invites Sam Malone to the Combat Zone, to see “a girlie show.” In a subsequent episode (“How Do I Love Thee?... Let Me Call You Back” (8 Dec. 1983)"), the gang returns to the bar after a night at the Combat Zone led by Carla. “Lightning Strikes” by Aerosmith (1982) mentions the Combat Zone. Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels often have his protagonist spending time in the Combat Zone. The Combat Zone is portrayed in Fallout 4 as an explorable area.

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