Taboo!: The HiddenCulture of a Red Light Area is a journey of discovery into the infamous red-light district of Lahore, Pakistan, known as the Shahi Mohalla (theRoyal Bazaar) or Heera Mandi (the market of diamonds). Thephenomenon of prostitution coupled with music and dance performances hasancient roots in South Asia. Regardless of the stigma attached to prostitution,it has for centuries given rise to many well-known performing artists. Hereauthor Fouzia Saeed paints a more realistic picture of the phenomenon throughthe stories of the people living there: the musicians, the prostitutes, andtheir pimps, managers, and customers.