Tag: prostitution

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Welcome to Paradise

The effects of legalized prostitution in Germany.

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Behind Claude’s Doors

Now 91, she was once the “world’s most exclusive madam.”

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The World Cup of Dirty Dreams

Behind the doors of Centaurus, Rio’s most infamous brothel.

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The Case of the Closely Watched Courtesans

Why 18th-century French police obsessively tracked elite sex workers.

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Nights Out In a New Town

Traveling with a sex tourist to the Uzbek city of Tashkent. Excerpted from the forthcoming book If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai.

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The Case of the Bank-Robbing Prostitutes

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.”

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How Legalizing Prostitution Has Failed

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.

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First Lost, Then Murdered

The story of Melissa Barthelemy, a prostitute killed in a string of murders on Long Island in December 2010.

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A Girl, Her Pimp, and Her Parents

A family turns to murder to save one of their own.

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The Mistress and the Narcotraficante

A look at the Mexican drug wars from the point of view of a narco’s mistress in Juárez.

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An Avenue of Vice

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.

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Brothel, Washington DC

A summer as a whorehouse Madame.