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Drive by LA's Prostitutes? Your Wife May Get a Letter

One civil liberties group isn't a fan of the motion

(Newser) - Los Angeles is considering a controversial policy to help cut down on prostitution: City Council voted this week to have the city attorney's office review a proposal to send warning letters to the owners of cars spotted in areas frequented by prostitutes, reports the Los Angeles Daily News . The... More »

Why Sex Traffickers Love South Dakota

They 'see this as a trusting place'

(Newser) - Federal authorities are cracking down on sex trafficking in a seemingly unlikely place: the friendly, low-crime state of South Dakota. It's been a relatively nascent effort: KDLT quotes Assistant US Attorney Jeff Clapper as saying, "Before 2010, we didn't have any of these cases. Since then, we'... More »

How an Epic Twitter Tale Mixed Scary Truth With Fiction

The 'Washington Post' takes a deep look at Zola the stripper's incredible story

(Newser) - Since a 19-year-old Detroit stripper named Aziah King (aka Zola) tweeted out a story of epic proportions on Oct. 27, she captivated millions of online readers, including studios, producers, and even Missy Elliott, who wrote : "That Zola story wild. Ended up reading the whole thing like I was watching... More »

29 Busted in 8 States on Sex Trafficking Charges

Police raid prostitution ring in southeastern US

(Newser) - Raids on a network of sex traffickers around the southeast resulted in more than two-dozen arrests and the rescues of Latin American women forced to work as prostitutes, authorities say Friday. The undercover investigation identified a loose organization of independent traffickers who worked together to transport and exploit Hispanic women... More »

Teen Brothers Charged With Pimping Underage Girls

They allegedly ran the operation out of their mom's house

(Newser) - Teen brothers are facing a litany of charges after being accused of running an underage prostitution ring out of their mother's house in Spokane, Washington, KHQ reports. Police started their investigation after 17-year-old Thaishaun Hunter was arrested in February in connection with a drive-by shooting outside a grocery store,... More »

Judge: Hotel Sex Parties Are Not Free Speech

A hotel owner sued a Connecticut town and police force and lost

(Newser) - A small Connecticut community that reports is ranked 31st in the state for its number of Ashley Madison users (more than 5%) is making the news again, this time for prevailing in a lawsuit brought on by the owner of a hotel that allegedly hosted sex parties visible... More »

Rape Victim Helps Catch Alleged Serial Killer

'I'm blessed to have been able to stop him'

(Newser) - Candice Franklin, a former drug addict and prostitute, turned her life around after helping police catch the man who allegedly raped her and killed four other prostitutes in a poor Chicago neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports in a lengthy piece about Franklin and her alleged attacker. "I'm blessed... More »

Prosecutor Gives 87-Year-Old Man a Pass

He was accused of soliciting a prostitute

(Newser) - Howard Arthur Klein lived 87 years without so much as a blot on his criminal record. In truth, the elderly Michigan man didn't have a record at all until a night in June when he was nabbed in a sting, accused of soliciting a prostitute who was actually an... More »

Amnesty International: Decriminalize the Sex Trade

Group hopes recommendation will improve conditions for sex workers

(Newser) - In a move to stick up for what the head of Amnesty International describes as "one of the most marginalized groups in the world who ... face constant risk of discrimination, violence, and abuse," the organization voted today to recommend decriminalizing that group's line of work: prostitution and... More »

Why Ice Cream Parlors Were Considered Evil

Americans cracked down on parlors in the early 20th century

(Newser) - Ice cream is a sinful indulgence, right? That's exactly what many Americans thought in the early 20th century, but they were serious about it, Mental Floss reports. In New York, a man testified in 1895 that he personally knew of ice cream parlors that were "houses of prostitution... More »

An Austrian Brothel Is Offering Up Free Sex

Owner Hermann Mueller's scheme is extremely popular, he says

(Newser) - An Austrian brothel is offering a summer special that competitors will find hard to match—free sex. Its owner says it's his way of protesting a tax squeeze. "Effective immediately: Free Entrance! Free Drinks! Free Sex!" the Pascha bordello writes on its website. The Oesterreich daily quotes... More »

For Nevada Brothels, It's 'Innovate' or Die

Which, as one writer says, means 'survival of the freakiest'

(Newser) - Nevada brothels aren't the hot commodity they used to be: Where there were once 34 licensed brothels in the state, there are now only 19, the Guardian reports, with bordellos closing down on a fairly regular basis—one owner even tried to dump two of his venues on Craigslist,... More »

Florida Prostitution Sting Nabs 61 People Over 4 Days

Officials say they targeted online ads for prostitution

(Newser) - A Florida prostitution sting yielded 61 arrests over four days in early December ... including that of a former Baltimore police officer. Mete Girit, 29, allegedly posted an ad for "male escort services," then, at an undercover location and apparently not very suspicious of police tactics despite his background,... More »

Police Chief Goes for '2-Girl Special,' Gets Fired

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson says he's sorry

(Newser) - A Florida police chief got arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting a prostitute and was promptly fired just 10 months into his tenure, NBC Miami reports. According to an arrest report , Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson called a number in a "two-girl special" prostitution ad and negotiated a $100... More »

How 'Upscale' Orgies Made a Comeback

Dominique Strauss-Kahn isn't the only one

(Newser) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a French court last week that, hey, he's only been to 12 sex parties over the past three years. And "six girls at once did not seem a considerable number," he adds. Not considerable? While his trial on aggravated pimping charges continues, the Telegraph... More »

France Aflutter as DSK's 'Aggravated Pimping' Trial Opens

French former finance honcho accused in orgies with prostitutes

(Newser) - France isn't usually too concerned about the intimate details of its leaders' lives, but for Dominque Strauss-Kahn , the public is making an exception, the Financial Times reports. Ever since he was accused of sexually assaulting a maid in New York in 2011—charges were eventually dropped—the former head... More »

Stripper Denies a Guy Sex, He Calls 911

William McDaniel was arrested for soliciting prostitution

(Newser) - There are some incidents that don't warrant a 911 call. One of those is when a stripper won't turn a lap dance into sex. William McDaniel, 53, learned this Saturday night, when he paid $350 for a private dance at Sagebrush Sam’s Exotic Dance Club in Butte,... More »

Why Have Prostitutes' Prices Dropped?

Financial crisis, culture changes play a role: Economist

(Newser) - Female sex workers' prices seem to be dropping, the Economist finds: A 12-country study of prostitute-review websites shows that an hour of sex today costs a customer about $260, whereas in 2006 it was $340. Why is that? First off, there's the financial crisis; cities affected the most, like... More »

Italy to Shrink Deficit Using Hookers, Cocaine

Illegal activities to be added to GDP

(Newser) - Surprisingly enough, this idea didn't come from Silvio Berlusconi: Italy plans to include things like illegal drug sales, prostitution, and cigarette smuggling in its GDP figures for the first time, immediately giving the size of the economy a big boost, Bloomberg reports. Prime Minister Mario Renzi has pledged to... More »

Maryland Cops to Live-Tweet Prostitution Sting

Names, addresses of johns to be published

(Newser) - Cops in Maryland are planning to use new media as they tackle the world's oldest profession by live-tweeting a prostitution sting. "We won't tell you when or where, other than that it's somewhere in the county next week," reads a blog post from the Prince... More »

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