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How Escape From N. Korea Leads to Online Sex Work in China

'WaPo' details lives of women fleeing from one bad situation to another as online sex 'video chatters'

(Newser) - "Why are our lives so different, just because of where we are born?" That's the question posed to the Washington Post by Suh, a 30-year-old North Korean woman now being held in a Bangkok detention center after being busted by local cops while trying to cross from Laos... More »

France Makes It Illegal to Buy Sex

But prostitution remains legal

(Newser) - France just made it illegal to pay for sex, despite selling it remaining legal, the New York Times reports. According to the BBC , the law passed Wednesday creates punishments including fines up to $4,300 and classes about the horrors of prostitution for anyone caught buying sex. Supporters of the... More »

Margaret Cho: I Was a Sex Worker

And there's 'no shame in it,' she says

(Newser) - Apparently in response to public shaming of sex workers, Margaret Cho opened up on Twitter Thursday about her past in just that line of work, the New York Daily News reports. "Sex work is simply work. For me it was honest work. I was a sex worker when I... More »

Call Girl Shoots John Who Ran Out on Bill: Cops

After taking the money out of his wallet

(Newser) - Walking out on a bill isn't just bad manners; as one Florida man discovered recently, it's also dangerous. David Roberts tells police that he was shot by prostitute Dwaynesha White on Monday, after trying to run out without paying her. Roberts said he'd made an appointment at... More »

Ex Olympian: Depression Made Me a Call Girl

Suzy Hamilton surprises with revelation

(Newser) - Suzy Favor Hamilton is a three-time Olympian, the most decorated female runner in NCAA history, and has appeared in ads for Nike, Reebok, and more. She's also a high-priced Las Vegas call girl. Or at least, that's how the 44-year-old has spent the past year, the Smoking Gun... More »

Scantily-Clad Women Protest Hooker Taxi Law

Cab drivers who carry prostitutes could lose licenses, have to pay $10k fine

(Newser) - Can you tell who's a hooker at a glance? The lovely ladies protesting outside New York City Hall yesterday don't think you can. About a dozen bartenders and shot girls donned their sexiest evening wear to protest a new proposal that would impose stiff penalties on New York... More »

Sex Workers Hustle to Greet Soccer Fans

South Africa expects influx of 40K prostitutes

(Newser) - Prostitutes from around the world are making their way to South Africa hoping to make a fortune from frisky soccer fans at next month's World Cup. Authorities predict 40,000 sex workers will arrive to greet 500,000 foreign fans. Most are coming from South Africa's impoverished neighboring countries, although... More »

France Mulls Lifting Brothel Ban

Move would hike safety and ditch pimps, says politician

(Newser) - France shut down its once-famous brothels en masse after World War II amid national shame at Nazi collaboration, but the sex houses may soon be legal again. Legalizing brothels would reduce exploitation, boost safety and provide sex workers with a taxable income, claims a member of parliament from Nicolas Sarkozy's... More »

Swiss Hookers Trained to Use Defibrillators

Town hopes to save lives of elderly sex tourists

(Newser) - Swiss hookers can—quite literally—mend your broken heart. In the Swiss town of Lugano, prostitutes are being trained to use defibrillators to re-start the hearts of their eager but elderly customers. Several men have died doing the deed in Lugano, including a pensioner who recently perished getting busy with... More »

Why Men Are Hooked on Hookers

Paid sex 'unfulfilling, empty, terrible,' and irresistible, they say

(Newser) - If the results of an international research project are to be believed, men who pay for sex are awfully confused people. "I don't get anything out of sex with prostitutes except for a bad feeling" was typical of the responses researchers heard from johns, many of whom were eager... More »

Indian Sect Pledges to Marry Prostitutes

Group aims to end exploitation of sex workers

(Newser) - A controversial Indian sect says more than a thousand of its members have pledged to marry prostitutes to free them from sexual servitude. The leader of Dara Sacha Sauda, which has a huge following of Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims, issued a call last month for volunteers to help stop sex... More »

Copenhagen Hookers Offer Delegates Free Sex

Delegates at Copenhagen conference get unexpected bonus

(Newser) - Delegates at the upcoming Copenhagen climate summit won’t have to just hang out in the hotel bar between sessions: They can have free prostitute sex. In retaliation against the mayor’s anti-prostitution campaign (she sent a postcard asking summit guests to “Be sustainable: Don’t buy sex”),... More »

Call-Girl Scientist's Dad: I Had 150 Hookers

Belle du Jour's father stunned by daughter's double life

(Newser) - The father of Britain's most famous call-girl-turned-research-scientist Brooke Magnanti says he has used more than 150 prostitutes himself, and introduced his daughter to some of them. Paul Magnanti, whose daughter's double life has captivated the British press, says meeting the women showed her the "human face" of selling sex.... More »

Gay Toughs Bash Back

(Newser) - Many gays are damn mad and they're not going to take it anymore. Now Bash Back!—formed just over a year ago—is boosting gay, transgender and sex worker protest to a freshly provocative level, reports Details. The group, with some 15 chapters nationwide, has forged its reputation with... More »

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