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U.S. Olympian's Secret Life As Las Vegas Escort

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DECEMBER 20---A three-time U.S. Olympian whose illustrious running career has included a Nike TV commercial, a swimsuit calendar, and ongoing promotional work for Disney has spent the last year doubling as a $600-an-hour call girl, an astounding secret life that she now regretfully calls a “huge mistake.”

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Zurich regulates sex industry

Zurich introduces a raft of measures next year to try to regulate the city’s sex industry which officials admit has got out of control. Brothels and sex workers will require permits and street prostitution is being moved to three designated areas to try to make it safer and more discreet. At a press conference in Zurich on Monday, city officials outlined their plans again and said the new booths or sex boxes to accommodate prostitutes and their customers will open in August.

 

“We want to regulate prostitution because until now it was the law of the jungle….” Michael Herzig works for the city’s social welfare department. “So it was the pimps who decided the prices for instance. We want to as much as possible the city to regulate prostitution, the city to define what we have in Zurich and what not but we are trying to go to a situation which is better for the prostitutes themselves, for their health and security and also for the population which lives in Zurich.

 

New laws on prostitution come into force in Zurich in January. While the legal age for prostitution in Switzerland as a whole remains 16 for now, sex workers in Zurich will have to be at least 18 years old. But the most noticeable difference will come in August when new sex boxes open in Altstetten outside the city centre and street prostitution will be forbidden along the Sihlquai embankment.

 

“The big difference is that until now prostitution is in a public space. Now we are going to change this, transfer it from the street, from a public to a private space to an old industrial area which belongs to the city, that give us the possibility to define the rules of prostitution in this space.”

 

In terms of numbers, far fewer prostitutes work the streets than in brothels and agencies but their problem has created a problem and an image problem which Zurich is keen to tackle. City Councillor Martin Waser is responsible for social issues.

 

“Conditions have become intolerable in recent years,” he says. “It’s very difficult for the prostitutes because they are unprotected but we also have big problems with pedestrians, particularly groups of men who harass the women and make a lot of noise and we can avoid all these problems in the approved space.”

 

Besides the drive in facilities at Altstetten, street prostitutes will be allowed to ply their trade in two other specific zones – centrally located Niederdorf, the city’s pedestrian nightlife area and at drive-by Brunau. Clients who meet street prostitutes in non-approved areas face fines of 450 francs.

 

The switchover is set to take place in August from one day to the next and city councillor Daniel Leupi, responsible for police issues is under no illusions.

 

“The big challenge will be to move the strip from the actual place at the Sihlquai to the Strichplatz we call it at one go with all the information to the sex workers. That will be a very difficult issue.”

 

It’s not only clients who will be paying for the new services. From January, brothels have to apply for licences. Criteria include fair working conditions, fair prices and a commitment to preventing violence. Basic cost 300 francs with additional inspection fees.

 

And street prostitutes will have to fork out 40 francs for their own licences subject to having a work permit, being registered with a health insurer and taking counselling sessions with the Flora Dora advisory service. In addition, every night that they ply their trade, they will need to buy a ticket from a machine at five francs a go.


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Drive-In 'Sex Boxes' Coming To Zurich

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This ain't your mama's drive-in....

 

The city of Zurich, Switzerland is set to a build a series of drive-in "sex boxes" which, starting next August, will provide a discreet environment for prostitutes to meet clients.

 

The "boxes" are garage-like structures that are large enough for a car to be parked inside. According to the Telegraph, the site will facilitate meetings for around 30 prostitutes, and clients will use the drive-in slots on a first-come -- ahem -- first-served basis.

 

Prostitution is legal in Switzerland, but Zurich officials have struggled with controlling sex-trade related crime and violence.

"We can't get rid of prostitution, so have to learn how to control it," police spokesman Reto Casanova said in 2010, when the idea was first introduced.

 

The decision was also motivated by complaints of city-dwellers unhappy with seeing prostitutes walking the streets.

 

"We're sick to death of looking at it," one resident said, according to the Mail Online.

 

Michael Herzig, of Zurich's social welfare department, says that getting prostitutes off the streets will also be beneficial to the women involved in the world's oldest profession.

 

"The women will be better protected from attack, and it will also mean better business for them," he told Swiss Radio, as translated by the Telegraph. "With the women right by the sex boxes there is no 'travel time' so they can deal with more customers."

 

Women working in the boxes will be required to take out medical insurance and pay for a license fee, the Sun reports. Additionally, each night they work, they will need to insert five Swiss francs into a machine to "clock in."

 

The boxes have faced some local opposition.

 

Margrit Haller, representing Swiss People’s Party in Altstetten, told World Radio Switzerland in 2011 that, "The idea that women will be better protected and monitored is good, but I don’t really see it as an alternative that women either work the streets or work in the boxes.”

 

Nevertheless, voters gave a green light to the creation of the boxes in a national referendum last March. Installation was approved by the Zurich city council on Monday, the Local reports.

 

Drive-in sex boxes are already employed in several German cities.

 

 


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How technology is actually changing sex work

How technology is actually changing sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Prostitutes call foul on a recent report that Facebook is the "new Craigslist." They give us the real scoop...
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Disabilty and commercial sex work

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THE vagaries of life have forced Raramai (not her real name) from Murehwa in Mashonaland East to turn to prostitution for survival. Raramai, who suffers from both speech and hearing impairment, has decided to use the only asset she has ­— her striking beauty — to eke a living as the curse of being an orphan left her with no one to fend for her.

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Some Things to Consider When You Think You Want to be a Prostitute

Some Things to Consider When You Think You Want to be a Prostitute | Sex Work | Scoop.it
There's a chasm between "I've thought about prostitution" and "I think I'd like to start working as a prostitute," namely the difference between wanting to make $300 an hour and wanting to suck strange dick for a living.
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American Courtesans

American Courtesans is a feature documentary from within the Sex Worker world. Escorts from around the US, along with clients and family members tell their stories.
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Sex workers buoyed by motel case win

A PROSTITUTE'S win against a Queensland motel paves the way for other sex workers to stand up against "systemic prejudice", the national sex workers' association says.
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Lawyer: Website Claiming To Expose Men Who Mistreat Escorts Is A ...

Lawyer: Website Claiming To Expose Men Who Mistreat Escorts Is A ... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The website posts personal information about the men. Then they are contacted by a supposed attorney who says they can pay $4000 to get their names taken off.

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Definitions & Distinctions In Sex Work, Trafficking, And Sex Worker Activism

Definitions & Distinctions In Sex Work, Trafficking, And Sex Worker Activism | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Responding to Stella Marr's "Pimps Posing as “Sex Worker Activists” & Other Conflicts of Interest."

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“You’ve been a whore. You’ll never get rid of that name. So be one.” | Cult of Gracie

“You’ve been a whore. You’ll never get rid of that name. So be one.” | Cult of Gracie | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Meet the Fokkens, a documentary about Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked in prostitution in in Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District for over fifty years!

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Indecent Proposals Game

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With a title similar to Demi's movie, this adult game is based on sex work: "The object is to make enough money to pay for sex. To do this, players must accumulate money by selling sexual favors to their opponent."

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Halting john sweeps no help to sex addicts - Sun News Network

Halting john sweeps no help to sex addicts - Sun News Network | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The decision by Toronto Police to stop john sweeps means men "addicted" to having sex with hookers will not get the help they need, says the co-ordinator of a prostitution diversion program.

 

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Supreme Court to hear prostitution appeal

The federal government will appeal a landmark ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal that struck down several anti-prostitution laws, a move that sex workers say was expected.

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Prostitution Scandal: 5 Members Of U.S. Military Accused Of Misconduct At Same Hotel As Secret Service

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CARTAGENA, Colombia -- The U.S. military says five service members supporting the Secret Service in advance of President Barack Obama's visit may have been involved in inappropriate conduct and have been confined to quarters.
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Cross Bones: Graveyard For Prostitutes

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A post-medieval burial ground in The Borough, Southwark, south London (what is now Redcross Way), believed to have been established originally as an unconsecrated graveyard for "single women," a euphemism for prostitutes...
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Sex workers feeling threatened by crackdown on prostitution

A crackdown on prostitution in the Olympic boroughs is putting the lives of sex workers at risk, it has been claimed.

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Prostitution Discussion

Political Jack - Popular discussion forum for US politics on the topic of prostituion ~ should it be legal?


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Professor who used to be escort supports sex-trade licencing - CBC.ca

Professor who used to be escort supports sex-trade licencing - CBC.ca | Sex Work | Scoop.it
CBC.caProfessor who used to be escort supports sex-trade licencingCBC.ca(CBC) A University of Regina professor who once worked as an escort is telling her story, and says she supports better regulation of the sex trade.

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