Now 91, she was once the “world’s most exclusive madam.”
Behind the doors of Centaurus, Rio’s most infamous brothel.
Why 18th-century French police obsessively tracked elite sex workers.
Traveling with a sex tourist to the Uzbek city of Tashkent. Excerpted from the forthcoming book If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai.
How a struggling comedian became a pimp who eventually started sending teenage hookers on bank robbery missions that earned them notoriety as the “Starlet Bandits.”
When Germany legalized prostitution just over a decade ago, politicians hoped that it would create better conditions and more autonomy for sex workers. It hasn’t worked out that way.
The story of Melissa Barthelemy, a prostitute killed in a string of murders on Long Island in December 2010.
A family turns to murder to save one of their own.
A look at the Mexican drug wars from the point of view of a narco’s mistress in Juárez.
On Queens’ stubbornly unchanging Roosevelt Avenue, where immigrants pay $2 a song to grind against hired dancers and shuttered houses of prostitution have given way to rolling brothel-vans.
How a family man dentist got involved in an underage prostitution ring.
Part one of W.T. Snead’s Victorian-era investigation into child prostitution.
Five prostitutes disappear. Bodies turn up on a Long Island beach. On the women lost, and the families left behind.
An investigation into serial killings in a small North Carolina city.
A travelogue through the contradiction-rich and predominantly Muslim Southern Thailand.
The underage prostitution study that was cited extensively in the congressional hearings that resulted in the removal of Craigslist’s Erotic Services turns out to be the work of a for-hire business consulting firm and, scientifically, completely bogus.
Brooklyn, Illinois has one of the most dense clusters of strip clubs and rubdown parlors in the entire country, drawing patrons from nearby St. Louis and its suburbs. Inside the clubs with the dancers, a strip club scholar, the mayor, and the regulars whose dollars keep the depressed local economy afloat.
Supply and demand paid-sex economics, ‘hobbyist’ internet message boards, and the power of reviews.
Booker winner Howard Jacobson on the bumper crop of hooker memoirs and what they say about our understanding of paid sex.
The rise and fall of a boom-era escort agency in New York City.
The Great Recession’s impact on the legalized prostitution industry in Nevada: more hookers, fewer johns.
A DHL tycoon’s small plane disappeared near the Phillipines amidst rumors of children fathered with teenage Asian villagers. Every scrap of his DNA went missing, but that didn’t stop a forensic mathematician.