Legalizing Prostitution Could Lower the Spread of HIV By One-Third

Here's a crazy thought; legalizing prostitution could reduce the number of international HIV infections for female sex workers by at least a third in several countries. Health experts presented this new research drawn from Canada, India and Kenya during the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia on… » 7/24/14 4:20pm 7/24/14 4:20pm

Activist Monica Jones Found Guilty of "Manifesting Prostitution"

Last Friday, Monica Jones was found guilty of prostitution-related charges despite efforts from her and the ACLU after being arrested in May of 2013 in a police sting operation in Phoenix, Arizona. The black transgender student and well-known sex work activist had not actually engaged in prostitution—she accepted a… » 4/13/14 1:00pm 4/13/14 1:00pm

Why Our Culture Jerks Off to College Porn But Hates College Porn Stars

Earlier this week, I saw Belle Knox — the "Duke porn star," as she has been dubbed by the media — perform at a strip club. She was there as a special guest, having recently rocketed into the public eye after being outed as porn actor by her classmate. This, of course, resulted in a veritable media frenzy, a tidal wave… » 3/21/14 2:20pm 3/21/14 2:20pm

What the Government's Comprehensive Study of Sex Work Got Wrong,…

Last week, the Urban Institute released a study sponsored by the Justice Department that focused on the underground commercial sex trade in eight major U.S. cities over approximately 10 years. While it was billed as a "landmark" report—first of its kind, etc.—it mostly revealed the government's ignorance about the… » 3/19/14 4:49pm 3/19/14 4:49pm

Massive Study Concludes Pimping Ain't Easy, But It Is Kinda Evil

New research out today claims to offer a window into the massive, murky world of the underground commercial sex economy in eight major American cities, relying on interviews with 250 law enforcement officials, sex workers, and pimps. And, like one might expect, this unprecedented peek inside shows that there's huge… » 3/12/14 3:46pm 3/12/14 3:46pm

Generous Men Will Pay $250 for You to Blow Them During Poker Game

In this economy, it's hard to turn down a decent job opportunity, much less a great one! And lucky for you, lady, this special work offer falls into the latter category. A fine group of card playing "Professionals" in Athens, Georgia are willing to pay you a whole $250 dollars to serve drinks at their poker game. Oh,… » 1/24/14 1:45pm 1/24/14 1:45pm

Gee, State Department Employees Sure Love Hookers a Lot

THIS JUST IN: SEX HAS BEEN HAD. Not just any old sex, though — according to an internal State Department memo obtained by the press (and already punned nearly to death by the New York Post), the entire State Department is rife with dudes who love paying for sex when they're not on American soil, from the ambassador to… » 6/11/13 6:00pm 6/11/13 6:00pm

How an Insane Texas Law Made It Legal for a Man to Kill a Prostitute

Dude, Texas, what the fuck? Earlier today, a Texas jury acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of murdering 23-year-old Lenora Evie Frago. Frago was an escort who Gilbert met through an ad on Craigslist. Gilbert says he thought sex was included in Frago’s $150 fee. Frago tried to leave after taking the money and without having sex… » 6/06/13 5:30pm 6/06/13 5:30pm

Professional Network LinkedIn Not a Fan of World's Oldest Profession

LinkedIn, the website where we all pretend to love working (and networking!), recently updated its privacy policy and user agreement, and along with the usual blah blah blah about blah blah blah, they also wanted to make sure that nobody is using the site to talk about their jobs if their jobs include getting paid for… » 5/15/13 9:30am 5/15/13 9:30am

Sex Workers and Anti-Trafficking Groups Want To End Condoms as Evidence

Sex workers, anti-trafficking groups, the New York Civil Liberties Union, public health advocates, and LGBTQ organizations are today lobbying the lawmakers of New York state to pass a bill that would make the possession of condoms inadmissible as evidence in criminal prosecutions of prostitution and related offenses.… » 4/23/13 2:05pm 4/23/13 2:05pm

Paying for Sex in Vegas and More Advice Column Ennui

Among life’s many decisions — should I wear a hat? would it really be that bad to use an expired condom? should I get a rabies shot for petting that raccoon? should I do my taxes? cake or pie? — “should I pay a professional to give my genitals a good airing out?” is quite possibly the most self-effacing (and maybe… » 4/18/13 9:15pm 4/18/13 9:15pm

Trafficking in Wrongs: Why Californians Need to Vote No on Prop 35 and…

The CASE Act, Californians against Sexual Exploitation, is a ballot initiative against trafficking that's designed to tug at the heartstrings of a misinformed public. After all, no one supports commercial sexual exploitation except the people who gain from it. But here's the thing: the people who actually know about… » 11/05/12 7:00pm 11/05/12 7:00pm