Features: Why visiting a prostitute is not what you think by Miranda Kane

What’s the first thing you’d think if someone said they were going to see a sex-worker? Do you imagine them driving through King’s Cross and picking up a streetwalker for £20? Or diving down an alley, walking up some dark steps to enter a red-lit, smoke-filled shadowy room where the girls line up for selection?

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Another Fine Mess

All week long I collect sex-work-related news stories for my Saturday “That Was the Week That Was” news columns, and when I prepare the columns each item is filed under a subtitle which refers back to a previous post.  But as I explained in “Case Study”, “every once in awhile a story comes along which

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Bread and Circuses

Last Wednesday (June 25th), the US Federal Bureau of Investigation seized the venerable San Francisco escort website, MyRedbook, under the usual vague and evidence-free charges the US government always uses when it wants to destroy peaceful businesses who have hurt no one.  This time, as you can see above, the pretenses are “money laundering” and “racketeering”,

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Delightful Conversation

In early December, Elytte and Miranda Barbour were arrested on a charge of murder in the first degree, three weeks after getting married and moving from North Carolina to Pennsylvania: [The Barbours]…lured a man to his death with an ad on…Craigslist…because they wanted to kill someone together…Elytte Barbour told officers…that he and his wife, Miranda…[lured] Troy

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Range of Experience

Freedom and whores are the most cosmopolitan items under the sun. – Georg Büchner In order to get around the “consenting adults” argument and negate the obvious symmetry between arguments for abortion rights and those for the right to have sex on one’s own terms, modern prohibitionists often argue that whores are incapable of rational adult

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Columns: Vulnerability

The fashionable anti-sex work dogma of our times is that prostitution is “paid rape”, an exertion of “patriarchal dominance” by violent men acting out their misogyny through the “buying” of women.  The most fanatical of the True Believers proclaim that all sex workers are in reality “slaves” who are “owned” by pimps and traded like

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Wise Counsel From Susan Quilliam: Should I go to a male escort like my girlfriends have done?

Dear Susan, This isn’t a Christmas question, but it is something that’s come up for me because of Christmas. I spent the day with some girlfriends – we’re all single – and courtesy of a large number of bottles of red wine over dinner, we started talking about using male escorts. Turns out two of

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