It’s been raining cats and dogs here in New York City for the last 24 hours, but hopefully it’ll clear up tonight for game one of the World Series between the Yankees and the Phillies. My die-hard Yankees fan of a husband would probably give his left … well, let’s just say he’d be really excited to go to a game, but he’s not as desperate — or as stupid, it seems — as one female Phillies fan who was arrested last night for her efforts to score tickets. Susan Finkelstein, 43, was charged with prostitution after she placed an ad on Craigslist offering sex in exchange for World Series tickets. She described herself as “gorgeous” and said: “I’m the creative type! Maybe we can help each other.” She was busted when an undercover cop responded to her ad and she allegedly offered to perform sex acts in exchange for some coveted tickets to the series. I’m going to suggest that from now on we refer to all sex-for-tickets transactions as “Finkelsteining,” in honor of our fallen Phillies fan. “How did you score those tickets?” “Oh, I Finkelsteined them.” Catchy, right? [via Fox News] Keep reading »
Meet Mare Simone. She’s a 54-year-old woman who’s had sex with over 1,500 men for money but says she’s not a prostitute. She’s what’s called a sexual therapist, a profession that involves talk therapy and sometimes, though much more rarely, actual sexual contact with clients who have a variety of sexual dysfunctions. Here in the States, it’s considered unethical for sex therapists to have sex with their clients, and in some states it’s even illegal. The laws in England, where Simone practices, are a little fuzzier, but she insists there is nothing illegal about her practice. She says: “I earn my living by sleeping with other women’s husbands or boyfriends. But I am in no way a prostitute as sex surrogacy is legal, as long as it is done in a therapeutic and healing atmosphere.” Keep reading »
Back in the early 1900s, boxer Jack Johnson was charged with violating the Mann Act, which forbid “transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes.” This act was intended to put an end to prostitution and an amended version is actually still in place. In 1913, Jackson was the first to be prosecuted under the act, and he was convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to a year and a day in prison. After fleeing the country and living abroad for seven years, Johnson returned to the United States and served his sentence. Keep reading »
Here’s a skeevy trend for you. In Hong Kong, teenage girls are going on “compensated dates” after school. Basically, they go out with older men in exchange for money, but they don’t see this as prostitution, because in their minds they’re in control of whether or not sex is involved … even though sex is usually involved. These girls are using the money to buy fancy-schmancy designer goods, which are increasingly a big deal in Asia. Total side note: When I studied in Tokyo, my Japanese friend told me that she wanted the brands that Americans like Britney Spears wore. When I tried to explain that teenage girls can’t often afford the same things as celebrities, she looked legitimately confused.
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In honor of national Seniors Week in Melbourne, Australia, grandpas and grandmas will receive lots of great perks and discounts to celebrate their vivacity, wisdom, and … sex lives. Screw the early bird special, salacious seniors Down Under can show their card and receive discounts on, err, sexual services. From October 4 to 11 some local brothels aligned with Australian Adult Entertainment will offer markdowns of up to 50 percent on services for seniors. What a deal! AAEI spokesman William Albon says, “Many senior members of the community already use our member’s services, whether visiting a brothel or having an escort visit their place of residence, including aged care residential centers.” A prostitute in a nursing home? Not a visual I’m totally comfortable with but, yes, in case you were wondering, old people need action, too. [Moorabin Glen Eira Leader] Keep reading »
At Grab-n-Go Espresso, a coffee shop featuring bikini-clad barristas in Everett, Washington, customers were allegedly getting way more than coffee and doughnuts. Before we go any further, does anyone else find it a strange concept in the first place? Sex and coffee seem like an odd pairing to me. Anyhow…5 bikini barristas between the ages of 18 and 24 were charged multiple counts of prostitution last week after a 2-month undercover investigation. What kind of illicit activity was taking place at the coffee hut located conveniently off the highway? Good question! Keep reading »
I worked at a coffee shop in college. Sometimes I would throw in a free cookie to go along with a cup o’ joe for my favorite customers and they would return the favor by tipping extra. But apparently I missed out on a much bigger opportunity! At a coffee shop in Everett, Washington, the baristas were frothing more than just milk — police have arrested five female workers for operating a prostitution ring out of the cafe. They would charge customers as much as $80 to flash their breasts, lick whipped cream off each other’s body parts, and pose for nudie pics. Also!
Detectives say the women also charged customers to play “basketball” — a game in which customers were allowed to throw waded up money at the women, who caught the money in their underpants. [Everett Daily Herald]
OK, so I get that this is wrong and all, but it’s not like they were offering sex or blow jobs with the lattes, right? Next time steal from the register, ladies! [via Gawker] Keep reading »
Talk about a double life! British female police officer Victoria Thorne, 29, is on her way to jail for the next 15 months for moonlighting as a call girl at an escort agency called “Notorious Girls.” The corrupt cop had been working as a prostitute since 2006 and made about $150 per hour, servicing about 20 dudes a week. Sometimes she brought her extracurricular work home with her, although she usually did the deed at hotels. She made a special effort not to meet with Johns in the district where she works and swears she never wore her uniform in any of the proceedings. But Thorne did use police computers to score info about rival brothels for “Notorious Girls” owner Neil Lock. With her help, Neil was able to expand his business quite a bit. That is until someone saw her sexy pics on the “Notorious Girls” website, under the name Kelly, and started investigating her. Eight other women were arrested in the year-long sting aimed at outing prostitutes and corrupt officials.
So while we believe she never wore her uniform as a working girl, we wonder if she ever handcuffed her clients? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
We raised an eyebrow when Susan Sarandon and her daughter took a pole dancing class together. We shook our heads when Demi Moore took daughter Rumer to a strip club. But we are completely and totally scandalized by Traci Young, 39, and her daughter Tami Smith, 22, who used their mother-daughter bond as a gimmick to reel in johns in Philadelphia. The two posted ads on Craigslist, under the now-discontinued erotic services section, with the subject line, “Mother and Daughter Tag Team.” An undercover police officer responded to the ad and met the two women at their house, where they decided on the price of $200 smackeroos to have a threesome. Then he slapped handcuffs on them. The pair went on trial this week, and were just found guilty of prostitution. “It’s a messed up world out there and we have to do this just to get by,” Young told reporters. Yeah, I’d say so. [CBS 3] Keep reading »