Latest Sex trade Stories

2008-08-06 00:00:38

By JENNA RICHARDS Members of South Devon's Women's Institute branches have supported calls to legalise brothels. The women spoke out after a Channel Four documentary showed the Hampshire County Federation of Women's Institutes calling for prostitution to be legalised. The licensing of brothels was the subject of its motion for debate at the autumn meeting last year of the WI's Hampshire Federation, which has 6,000 members. The motion received almost unanimous backing. Now South Devon...

2008-07-16 09:00:52

By Bridget Tharp, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio Jul. 16--Three years after their short walk for a frozen snack became every parent's nightmare, the two Toledo teens forced to spend 10 days having sex with strangers for money will appear tonight on ABC's midweek news magazine, Primetime Live. The girls, whose identities are veiled in the special by dark wigs and the aliases "Kimberly" and "Carol," recounted their ordeal to reporter Cynthia McFadden in a program to air at 10 p.m. on WTVG-TV,...

2008-06-02 09:21:09

By Adam Crisp, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn. Jun. 2--Prostitutes, pimps and johns are the target of a Chattanooga Web site aimed at reducing streetwalkers in the city's Main Street corridor. Organizers of www.trickthejohns.com want everyday folks to take pictures of suspected prostitutes and their customers then post the photos on the Web site. "Prostitution has been around forever," said Jay Craven, one of about 20 neighbors who thought up the idea for the site. "It's not going...

2008-03-12 00:00:00

It may be the world's oldest profession, but prostitution is using some 21st-century tricks. The prostitution scandal involving New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer lays bare some of the inner workings of modern-day sex work: text messaging to clock in the client, electronic fund transfers, a Web site featuring color photos, prices and rankings. There's always been a distinction between indoor and street-level prostitution, and advances in technology have increasingly separated the two, said Ronald...

2007-11-17 06:00:16

By Eric Frazier and Victoria Cherrie, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Nov. 17--Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Sgt. Craig Conger sits at a computer screen, clicking through pictures of naked women. He's doing his job, overseeing detectives who keep tabs on the kind of high-priced prostitutes who ply their trade on the Internet rather than the street corner. The recent bust of a suspected call-girl service in Charlotte has offered a glimpse into the secretive world of high-end prostitution....

2007-09-13 00:00:11

By Art Campos, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Sep. 12--Seven men were arrested in a recent sting operation in Roseville in which an undercover vice officer posed as a prostitute and advertised her services on the Internet, police reported. The men responded to the ad, met with the officer at a prearranged location Sept. 5 and were arrested when they solicited her for sex, said Dee Dee Gunther, a police spokeswoman. Each of the men was booked into the Placer County jail in Auburn on a...

2007-02-02 09:00:00

By ALEXIS HUICOCHEA The oldest profession is moving from the street corner to the Internet. It's the latest trend in prostitution, Tucson police say: Men and women using online classified ad Web sites like craigslist.org to offer or request sex for money. The new twist is making it more difficult for undercover officers to combat, said a Tucson police vice sergeant. Not only are there dozens of explicit ads placed daily on Tucson's craigslist site, but the Internet provides a relatively...

2006-12-03 15:00:00

By WAYNE PARRY ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Selling sex on the streets of this gambling capital is a dangerous pursuit: Streetwalkers have been strangled, smothered, slashed and set ablaze. So far this year, six prostitutes are believed to have been killed in or near Atlantic City, a seventh survived after her throat was slashed. Countless others are believed to have been assaulted but chose not to report the crimes to police. The latest worry for those who make their living in the sex trade is...

2006-08-17 03:12:50

BEIJING (Reuters) - A centuries-old brothel teetering on the verge of collapse has red-faced Chinese officials pondering heritage versus morality behind closed doors, state media reported on Thursday. A local government in Jinggang, a town in central Hunan province, must decide whether to restore crumbling Hongtaifang, a brothel established in 1733, and face the ire of residents who see it as debauched, Xinhua news agency said. "The brothel was a place where women were humiliated in...

2006-08-16 15:28:57

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sex trafficking ring that smuggled South Korean women into the United State to work as prostitutes in cities including the nation's capital has been cracked and 31 people arrested, officials said on Wednesday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said another 70 women were being questioned to see if they were victims of the ring that shuttled prostitutes among brothels in places such as Washington, Philadelphia and New York. Prosecutors...

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