prostitution

27 articles
Avatar_57x57

Behind Claude’s Doors

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

Avatar_57x57

The World Cup of Dirty Dreams

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

Avatar_57x57

The Case of the Closely Watched Courtesans

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

Avatar_57x57

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.

Avatar_57x57

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.”

Avatar_57x57

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.

Avatar_57x57

First Lost, Then Murdered

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

Avatar_57x57

A Girl, Her Pimp, and Her Parents

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

Avatar_57x57

The Mistress and the Narcotraficante

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

Avatar_57x57

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.

Avatar_57x57

Brothel, Washington DC

A summer as a whorehouse Madame.

Avatar_57x57

The Strange Case of the Dentist and the Pimps

How a family man dentist got involved in an underage prostitution ring.

Avatar_57x57

The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon I: the Report of our Secret Commission

Part one of W.T. Snead’s Victorian-era investigation into child prostitution.

Avatar_57x57

A Serial Killer in Common

Five prostitutes disappear. Bodies turn up on a Long Island beach. On the women lost, and the families left behind.

Avatar_57x57

The Lost Girls of Rocky Mount

An investigation into serial killings in a small North Carolina city.

Avatar_57x57

A Pilgrimage of Sin: Booze, Bombs, and Hookers in Islamic Thailand

A travelogue through the contradiction-rich and predominantly Muslim Southern Thailand.

Avatar_57x57

Women's Funding Network Sex Trafficking Study Is Junk Science

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.

Avatar_57x57

Coke, Hookers, Hospital, Repeat

GQ moved up the release of this Charlie Sheen profile: "The fucking AA shit. The sobriety shit. It was always for other people. I just wanted to get a job back and get enough money to tell everybody to go fuck themselves and then roll like Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra—the good parts of those guys."
Avatar_57x57

Fantasies Made Fresh

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.

Avatar_57x57

Bianca, the Toronto Escort with a Day Job: Column #7

Supply and demand paid-sex economics, ‘hobbyist’ internet message boards, and the power of reviews.

Avatar_57x57

Prada Prostitutes

Booker winner Howard Jacobson on the bumper crop of hooker memoirs and what they say about our understanding of paid sex.

Avatar_57x57

The Unrepentant Whore

A profile of Canadian politician Jamie Lee Hamilton.

Avatar_57x57

The $2,000-an-Hour Woman

The rise and fall of a boom-era escort agency in New York City.

Avatar_57x57

The Family Prostitute

The Great Recession’s impact on the legalized prostitution industry in Nevada: more hookers, fewer johns.

Avatar_57x57

Cash for Genes

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.

Avatar_57x57

The Mussolini of Ass

How sex scandals have made Silvio Berlusconi even more powerful in Italy.