Posts tagged "sex work"

Cristy Nicole Deweese Is A Dallas High School Spanish Teacher And A Former Nude Playboy Model

I'm dying to know whether it was a student or a parent who discovered Dallas high school Spanish teacher Cristy Nicole Deweese had also posed nude for Playboy and Playboy.com. Because reporting that to the authorities was probably an awkward conversation. Deweese, 21, posed naked three years ago as a "Coed Of The Month" for Playboy

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 8, 2013

Lusty Lady, San Francisco’s Employee-Owned Strip Club, Forced To Close

A rent hike has forced the Lusty Lady, an employee-owned co-ed strip club in San Francisco, to close its doors after 30+ years.  The Lusty Lady, which was featured in the 2000  documentary "Live Nude Girls Unite," was the first strip club in the country to form a union for dancers and provide health insurance…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2013

Sex Workers Peer At The Universe Through A Telescope

Prostitutes, unless they're the totally unrealistic Julia-Roberts-In-"Pretty-Woman" kind, are rarely given much cultural consideration outside of a very narrow scope. When you become a prostitute, it seems, you give up your personhood, often reduced to a two-dimensional stereotype that we all carry in our heads. But sex workers are just like the rest of u…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 21, 2013

RIP Society: 23-Year-Old Model Met Man Over Instagram, Forced Into Prostitution

The Internet can be a dangerous place and it seems that adults are now in need of the same Internet safety classes as children these days. Take one Floridian model who traveled up to New York to meet a man she met on Instagram, only to be forced into sex slavery for 12 days.

By: Daley Quinn / July 18, 2013

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Convicted Of Paying 17-Year-Old For Sex

Noted horndog and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 76, was found guilty of paying for sex from a 17-year-old at one of his famous “bunga bunga” parties and sentenced to seven years in prison. Although Karima El Mahroug  passed herself off as being 24, the Moroccan nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer was definitely

By: Daley Quinn / June 24, 2013

Brazil Drops Ad Campaign Celebrating Its ‘Happy Prostitutes’

To celebrate International Day of Prostitutes (apparently that's a thing?) on June 2, Brazil’s director of the Department of STDs, AIDS, and Viral Hepatitis devised an ad campaign to encourage the use of condoms in the country’s legal prostitution industry, as well as remove the social stigma surrounding sex work. Unfortunately, it turns out that…

By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Texas Man Acquitted Of Murdering An Escort Who Refused Sex

On Christmas Eve 2009, an escort named Lenora Ivie Frago refused to have sex with a client who hired her via Craigslist, so he pulled out a gun and shot her. Ezekiel Gilbert of Texas injured Frago in the neck, paralyzing her for seven months until she died. Yesterday, a jury acquitted Gilbert of murder,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2013

French Director Francois Ozon Says Lots Of Women Fantasize About Being Prostitutes

Francois Ozon: I think women understand the film more than men. ... I think women can really be connected with this girl because it’s a fantasy of many women to do prostitution. That doesn’t mean they do it, but the fact to be paid to have sex is something which is very obvious in feminine sexuality.

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2013

Farrah Abraham Plans To Show Her Daughter Her Sex Tape “When She’s 13 Or 14″

Hello, Child Protective Services? "Teen Mom" and erstwhile porn star Farrah Abraham told a radio station that she's saved a "baby box" for her toddler Sophia, which she plans to hand over when her daughter is "around 13 or 14, gets her period and is like 'Oh, I kinda want a boyfriend.'"  In it, she'…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2013

Could Turkey Get A Brothel Filled With Men?!

A brothel filled with men for female customers? We're listening ... It turns out the call comes from an anti-poverty group in Turkey demanding that legal, state-run brothels practice gender equality. The campaigners from Sefkat Der accuse the Turkish government of condoning "sex slavery," and as a ploy to fight prostitution in general, are daring…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2013

Snoop Lion Talks Pimp Past: “I Could Fire A Bitch, F**k A Bitch, Get A New Ho”

"I put an organization together. I did a Playboy tour, and I had a bus follow me with ten bitches on it. I could fire a bitch, fuck a bitch, get a new ho: It was my program. City to city, titty to titty, hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer. ... If I'm i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 10, 2013

Mayoral Candidate Linda Fondren Reveals Prostitution Past

Plenty of politicians are whores to big business. But Vicksburg, Mississippi, mayoral candidate Linda Fondren has opened up about her own actual sex work past: she literally used to work as a legal prostitute in Nevada. "I was a working girl in a legal brothel over 30 years ago," Fondren said. She said she bega…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2013

The Right To Protected Sex: Bill Introduced To Decriminalize Condom Possession

Anti-trafficking advocates, LGBT organizations, lawmakers and public health advocates have gathered in Albany, New York today to push for new legislation about condoms.  Yes, condoms. Currently 39 million male condoms and two million female condoms are distributed for free in New York State. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, "Consistent and correct use of…

By: Sarah Gray / April 23, 2013

Refined Sugar: Paying For Love In 2013

When I published my second novel, Bought, I was anxious to promote it. The book was my attempt to fictionalize a lot of research I’d done for a magazine story about hookers and also a way to examine the lives of women who weren’t quite prostitutes because they didn’t, say, spread their legs for wads of cash but…

By: Anna David / April 16, 2013

True Story: I Worked As A High-End Stripper

"What do you feel about going topless?" he asked me over the phone. I hesitantly replied, "Well, I guess I’m okay with it. But will they be able to touch my boobs?" There was an awkward pause on the other end of the line. "Yes, but you’ll never have to do anything more. I promise."…

By: Anonymous / April 2, 2013

The Soapbox: The Case Against Sex Offender Registries

There’s no defense for rape. And there’s no defense for defending rape — be that minimizing the crime, blaming the victim or focusing so exclusively on the perpetrators that the victim is rendered invisible, as in CNN’s coverage of the Steubenville guilty verdict. As I read over the case, the verdict, the media response and…

By: Melissa Petro / March 19, 2013

World’s Best/Worst Mom Hired Strippers For Her Son’s 16th Birthday Party

Sometimes I feel really bad for the shit that strippers have to deal with! A 16th birthday party filled with testosterone-laden horndogs is right on top of that list.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 20, 2013

Is Pole Dancing A Sport?

As a girl who defined herself as a ballerina from ages three to 21, I've had the argument over whether dancing is a sport or art many times over. I don't care what any guy friend says: it's both. Hey, you try and make dancing on your toes look effortless! An article in Australia's Sydney Morning

By: Sarah Gray / January 23, 2013

Today In People Are Horrible: You Have To Pay To Get Your Name Off “Potential Prostitutes” Web Site

PotentialProstitutes.com is a hideous new website that posts the photos, locations and phone numbers of women who it deems might be sex workers. Many of the pics appear to be mug shots, which would suggest at least some of the women featured on the site have been arrested in the past for sex work. But…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2012

Alleged Zumba Studio Prostitution Ring Was Town’s Sweaty Secret

When you think of Kennebunkport, Maine, images of lobsters, sailing, and even the Bush family retreat come to mind. What you don't think of is seedy sex scandal -- that is, until now. The swank, coastal town is where a prostitution ring was being run out of a local Zumba studio. A local fitness instructor, Alexis Wright, ha…

By: The Stir / October 11, 2012