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09.10.13 Andy Cush

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office continued its quest against shady massage parlors this week, shuttering Bay Ridge’s notorious Bright Ocean Spa and four other spas in the area for alleged prostitution. Last time, evidence showed human trafficking may have been involved, and that seems to be the case in at least one instance here. According to […]

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07.18.13 Marie Calloway

German photographer Bettina Flitner took portraits of clients at the brothel Paradise in Stuttgart, Germany. The men, aged 21 to 73, told her why they visited brothels. Their answers were quite frank and revealing. Christian, 23, forwarding merchant, single: Why I pay for sex? Women are often a pain in the ass. They stress me when […]

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07.12.13 Andy Cush

Police shut down no less than 12 massage parlors in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst for alleged prostitution this week, arresting owners, managers and workers. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is investigating whether workers were “victims of human trafficking, being manipulated or held against their will,” according to Brooklyn Paper, and whether a central organization […]

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06.06.13 Julia Dawidowicz

When you see a sexy lady giving you bedroom eyes on the street corner, all sorts of things come to mind — her struggle as a mother probably isn’t among them. In Argentina, where (non-organized) prostitution is legal, a national sex workers’ union recently launched a street art campaign hoping to spread their message: Sex […]

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04.02.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Greek photojournalist Myrto Papadopoulos brings us these beautiful, almost otherworldly photos of prostitutes in their workplaces. The ongoing photo project, called The Attendants, examines Greece’s ever-evolving sex industry and its relationship with the economic crisis. Prostitution is legal in Greece, but only in licensed brothels — Papadopoulos shot both legal and illegal sex workers for […]

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11.04.11 Marina Galperina

From sexy-film-maker Bertrand Bonello, here’s a new trailer for the fresh fleshy flick House of Pleasure, set in a turn of a century Parisian brothel, complimented with anachronistic music choices and drooled over in reviews as an “esqusite” “guilty pleasure.” […]

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10.31.11 Marina Galperina

“This woman is already dead so I photograph her ghost,” Scot Sothern writes. This is one of the pretty ones. The derelict, addled bodies of the others with their cavernous flesh glimmering against hotel walls and alleys, sloshing their breasts and flashing mangled genitals… That makes for a great photography exhibit. It comes with anecdotes. […]

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10.06.11 Marina Galperina

Why don’t you just click on over to Do You Want Me? and experience the Eastern European prostitute street market? This ad from Russian agency Grape for topless protest crew FEMEN’s anti-prostitution campaign just won an interactive advertising award from IAB Mixx. Inside: strip tease, guilt trip, confusion… […]

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09.27.11 Marina Galperina

Ukrainian protest crew FEMEN protested the Euro soccer games by pouring something on themselves out of a gas bucket and wielding DIY flame throwers at hired goons protecting the Olympic Stadium… just after teen monks self-immolated for Tibet. NSFW. […]

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05.18.11 Marina Galperina

For five years, photographer Marc McAndrews investigated Nevada’s legal brothels. His poised prostitute portraits and cinematic, behind-the-scenes glimpses at their personal living spaces were just exhibited at the New York Photo Festival 2011, but hop on over to the Black Pearl, the Stardust Ranch and Inez’s Dancing and Diddling via the Umbrage Gallery and visit […]

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