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John Schools: Like AA Meetings For Dudes Who Hire Prostitutes

About 50 cities in the U.S. have come up with an interesting way to handle dudes who are caught trying to pick up prostitutes—they’re sending them to “John Schools.” In these AA-like meetings, the guys listen to presentations by former prostitutes who tell them how brutal the industry is, health experts who share how dangerous sex-for-hire can be, and therapists who try to get them to understand why they were trying to buy nookie in the first place. The idea is to get the guys—about half of whom are married—to understand that hiring a prostitute isn’t a fun and harmless thing, but that they’re actually part of a much bigger problem. Only first-time offenders are eligible for these AA-like meetings, which are generally held in churches or government buildings. (Repeat offenders and those who try to solicit minors are dealt with more harshly.) The guys also have to pay a $250 fee and finish the class without trying to buy another woman. Keep reading »

It’s Not Fair For A Female Cop To Pose As A Prostitute

I grew up drooling to “Cops,” so my classiness expectations for TLC’s new Thursday night show, “Police Women Of Broward County,” were low. But, actually, “Police Women” is way less trashy than you’d expect. The lady cops bust heads and take names, and they deliver monologues about single motherhood and how hard it is to balance their jobs and their families.

But one of Broward County’s prostitution-busting moves rubbed me the wrong way. Keep reading »

Where Prostitutes Are More Trustworthy Than Politicians And Scientists

Insight China magazine conducted an online survey of 3,376 Chinese peeps about who they trusted. And their findings are pretty counter-intuitive—folks said that trusted prostitutes more than both government officials and scientists. In fact, prostitutes came in third place as a group, just above farmers and religious workers. The China Daily covered the study this week, saying, “Given the constant feed of scandals involving the country’s elite, this is not bad at all. At least [the scientists and politicians] have not slid into the least credible category which consists of real estate developers, secretaries, agents, entertainers and directors.” [AFP]

I don’t even know where to start with this one. It’s not that surprising that prostitutes beat out government officials who go nuts there with the censor-happy schtick. But prostitutes also beat out students and teachers. And what’s so bad about secretaries? Who would you guys rank as the most trustworthy? Frisky bloggers? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Keep reading »

Five Things To Know About Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi’s Sex Life

Have you heard? Italy’s Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is a total horndog. Worse than Bill Clinton or Mark Sanford, even!

Call girls, audio tapes, barely legal teens, “gifts” of seats in the Italian Parliament for pretty girls … mamma mia! Four years of high school level Italian did not prepare me to make sense of this mess. Click through for a cheat sheet on why Italy’s head honcho, Silvio Berlusconi, has said, “I’m no saint.”
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Amsterdam To Bail Out Prostitutes?

Although prostitution is legal in Amsterdam, working girls still have trouble getting banks to give them credit and loans. But officials working on “Project 1012″ are trying to change all that. Under this plan, peeps are talking to banks, trying to get them to cooperate with the ladies of the night. They’re hoping that, within the next few months, prostitutes will have more access to the financial support they need. Is it just me, or does this sound a lot like a red-light district bailout? [Yahoo] Keep reading »

The Secret Lives Of Male Prostitutes

If you haven’t heard, HBO has a new dramedy, “Hung,” that’s about — well, the title should tell you something. The series focuses on a divorced father in Detroit who loses his wife, his kids (custody, that is), and his manhood. Also? He has a big penis. In order to get by, he decides to become a male prostitute. I know, I know. That happens all the time. But the show begs the question: What are the real lives of male prostitutes like? Keep reading »

Chinese Sex Workers Told A Shot Will Protect Them From HIV

Okay, so I know pimps usually aren’t the nicest of guys. But in China, where there are now more than four million young female sex workers, some are resorting to a nasty trick—they’re telling their prostitutes that they’re giving them a shot to protect them from HIV and other STDs. Obviously, no such shot exists—they want their women to be more open to sex sans condoms. As a result, sex has overtaken intravenous drug use as the number cause of HIV dissemination in China. Although the Chinese government is trying its best to educate sex workers, in such a large country with so many women, this is nearly an impossible task. All I can say is: evil. Keep reading »

“Tart Cards” Show How Sex Sells

Sex may sell, but how does one sell sex? Since the ’80s, prostitutes in London have been using “tart cards” to advertise their services. Tart Cards, a new graphic (in both meanings of the word) book, takes a look at how the art form has evolved from discreet illustrated pocket papers with text like “Charming Italian Model”, to the explicit pornographic photos posted in red telephone booths. Showcasing over 350 cards, the tome may shed some serious academic light on the history of a subculture, but it’s better as an amusing coffee table book, especially for the additional glossary of coded prostitute language. [$24.95 at Amazon.com]
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All I Want For My Birthday Is A…Prostitute!?

When I was 14, I got nail polish and shower gel for my birthday. Most teenage guys probably wouldn’t jump for joy at toiletries, but one dad in London took the gift thing way too far. He took his son for a joy ride, so he could pick out his own special gift. Alas, they weren’t driving to some electronics store—they went cruising for prostitutes so the boy could lose his v-card. One particularly sexy lady on the side of the road caught the boy’s attention. Too bad she turned out to be an undercover cop. The only thing these dirty dudes got from her was handcuffs, and not in a sexy way. Yesterday, the dad was slapped with a 10-month prison sentence, though it looks like the judge might spare him because of his “excellent character.” I don’t know if his character is so excellent, but I also don’t think he should go to jail. Maybe he should just be sentenced to watch reruns of “Father Knows Best.” [Yahoo] Keep reading »

Amsterdam Is Ridding Itself Of Sin

Amsterdam, known by many for its drugs and its brothels, is trying to clean up its image. The city council’s finance chief has a vision of people walking through Amsterdam’s China Town and the city’s old ramparts, followed by a cappuccino next to the city’s oldest church. The problem is, there isn’t a place to get a cup of coffee in the city center, because that’s the heart of Amsterdam’s red light district. Over the next 10 years, the number of prostitutes windows will be reduced by half, to about 250, and they will be concentrated on just two streets. The number of coffee shops that sell cannabis will also be halved, to 38. In their place, up-market retail chains and food purveyors. So, if you want to experience a dirtier version of Amsterdam, go now; but if you want to have a cleaner, less gritty trip, wait a few years and the prostitutes will mostly be gone. [Der Spiegel] Keep reading »

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