Taboo!: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area is a journey of discovery into the infamous red-light district of Lahore, Pakistan, kwn as the Shahi Mohalla (the Royal Bazaar) or Heera Mandi (the market of diamonds). The phemen of prostitution coupled with music and dance performances has ancient roots in South Asia. Regardless of the stigma attached to prostitution, it has for centuries given rise to many well-kwn performing artists. Here author Fouzia Saeed paints a more realistic picture of the phemen through the stories of the people living there: the musicians, the prostitutes, and their pimps, managers, and customers.