You can leave those extra panties at home, but don’t forget to bring small bills lest your hooker should consider you an idiot. Oh, and if you are buying “it” in the Bronx, a mandatory shot comes with most sex acts. To find out more riveting facts about the sex worker industry, like how much prostitutes charge in different boroughs and what kind of smart phones they prefer, check out Wired‘s exhaustive study of how technology and sex work mix in New York City.[Wired] Keep reading »
Another day, another story about abortion rights that will make you want to vomit. Yesterday, anti-abortion activist Live Action released an edited video of “sting operations” at Planned Parenthood, which show hired actors playing a pimp and an underage prostitutes. The footage, which was secretly taped throughout January, allegedly shows Planned Parenthood counseling a man who says he needs to speak privately about getting STD treatments for some young girls, some of whom are portrayed as illegal immigrants or as young as 14. In one of the videos, the Planned Parenthood employee seems to suggest the girl could lie about her age to get services. In total, actors claiming to be sex traffickers visited 12 clinics in Virginia, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Arizona and in all the cases, Planned Parenthood contacted the local authorities afterwards to warn about sex trafficking. Eventually, the organization caught on to the fact they were being hoaxed and penned a letter to the U.S. Attorney General on January 18 suggesting they were being had by an anti-abortion group. The FBI has now been asked to probe into the “sting” activities. Keep reading »
Call girls: they’re talented writers! First there was Dr. Brooke Magnanti, whose identity only became known after her blog, Diary of a London Call Girl, became wildly famous and spawned a book and TV series. Now there’s an anonymous East Coast-based woman going by the nom de plume “Charlotte Shane.”
“Charlotte Shane” pens a blog called Nightmare Brunette about her experiences in sex work. In a stellar piece on Salon.com, “Charlotte” explains she tries her hardest not to glamorize prostitution like Hollywood. “I never intend to glamorize my profession, and I don’t list expensive gifts I receive or lavish items I buy for myself,” she wrote. “I avoid rhapsodizing about exotic vacations or name-dropping hotels. I never disclose my rates and I don’t claim every encounter ends in mind-blowing orgasms — or any orgasm at all. That type of sensationalistic hype is really only good for selling books or selling face time on TV shows, neither of which I’m interested in.” She tries to be honest about what working as an escort really is: a job. Keep reading »
Katie Waissel, a contestant on the British TV hit “X Factor,” just found out that her 81-year-old grandmother, Sheila Vogel, works as a paid escort for a mature courtesan agency called Vintage Vamps. Check out this pin-up shot of her from the website, and let me tell you, it is tame by comparison to the other granny call girls advertised! Katie’s grandma makes a jaw-dropping $400 an hour. (Dang, I need to change careers once I’m over 50!) Clearly, this grams isn’t some ho on the corner or your average octagenarian either. The site says of Sheila: “Classic vamps are like fine wine and we are delighted to introduce one of our agency’s great vintages, the grand dame Cecilia Bird.” She added to her profile that, “Beneath my conservative exterior lurks the secret passion to meet up with like-minded gentlemen to share the taste of forbidden fruits.” Spicy, go get ‘em, Grams! How do you think your family would handle news if your Nana decided to do sex work? [The Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Annie Lobart, a 42-year-old former prostitute, is on a mission to save the souls of all the hookers in Las Vegas. In 2006, after 10 years as a Las Vegas prostitute, she retired her walking shoes after a bad beating by her pimp and a drug overdose left her with no one to turn to but the Lord. Keep reading »
“Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks is a beautiful and busty working actress. But yesterday the star was mistaken for a working girl. She drove a prospective John mad when she took a break outside of a pawn shop while filming her new movie, “Drive.” He approached her and asked her how much she charged before he was swiftly escorted away by the crew. I wonder if he asked her to play secretary? In all fairness, she does kind of look the part for this film. [WWTDD] Keep reading »
College students need to support themselves somehow. And in China, it’s becoming increasingly popular to make a living selling your body. Prostitution in China is on the rise — particularly among college students — and girls get paid not on a nightly basis, but a yearly fee.
Annual fees start around $5,000 for more homely girls, while the pretty girls — the ones who usually attend drama school — garner the most attention, and are the most expensive. Those girls can make around $25,000 a year, but the price is high: Unprotected sex is rampant among college prostitutes, who don’t want to view the sex work they do as actual prostitution. Keep reading »
How would you feel if you knew your young child’s art teacher used to be a prostitute? This is the question at the heart of a news story making waves this week in New York City. Melissa Petro, a “well-liked” elementary school art teacher in the Bronx for the past three years, was recently reassigned to administrative duty after the school system caught wind of her history as a prostitute. Petro was never arrested and has no criminal record. So, how did the school find out about her past? Oh, because she blogged about it for the Huffington Post a couple of weeks ago.
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Dear _________, Thank you for posting your prostitution ad on Craigslist. I’m not being sarcastic. Last year, I called you the “c” word when I asked you to stop writing my husband. We blocked your email address so your emails would stop.
I stalked your website. You were selling sex. I hated you and your youth. Your disregard for the norms I grew up with made me sick. I was taught that sex was special, and there you were, selling it. Worse, my husband took your bait. You pretended to be a Yale music student. You posed in your underwear and bra. You were “looking” for friends because you were new to town. In answering my husband, you asked if he could pick you up. The day he wrote you, he told me he loved me. Keep reading »