Prostitution en Map of the day: The prostitution economy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How many people work in the world's oldest profession around the world? The number may shock you. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Yes, prostitution is the &quot;world&#39;s oldest profession.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prostitution Macro Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:27:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5687844 at Bonn introduces "sex tax" <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With new “sex parking meters,” Germany takes another big step in the regulation of its sex industry. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Leave it to Germany to streamline the unruly sex industry.</p> <p> Bonn became the first city in Germany to introduce &ldquo;sex meters&rdquo; for prostitutes as a means of extending a general tax on prostitution beyond brothels to the streets of Bonn, <a href="">AFP reports</a>.</p> <p> Bonn&rsquo;s &ldquo;sex tax&rdquo; currently covers levies on sauna clubs, erotic centers and as well as the sex meters that were rolled out in August that &mdash; through the end of 2011 &mdash; brought in around 250,000 euros ($326,000.) City spokesperson said the local government was pleased with the results and will continue levying the tax.</p> <p> The sex meters, devices similar to curbside parking meters, were installed in an industrial area near the city center in an area that&rsquo;s used by prostitutes to solicit clients. Each sex worker must buy a &ldquo;parking ticket&rdquo; for six euros per night worked, regardless of how many customers they serve.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> caligula club Germany parking prostitutes Prostitution sex meter sex tax sex workers Entertainment Germany Offbeat Wanderlust Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:57:59 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5688640 at Welcome to Bangkok: The fast-food makeover of Thailand's sex industry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Economic crisis, and changing consumer tastes, have altered a key part of Bangkok's booming sex industry. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> BANGKOK &mdash; Let me start by stressing it&rsquo;s not a good idea to describe your profession as a &ldquo;freelancer&rdquo; in Thailand.</p> <p> It doesn&#39;t matter if you&#39;re a writer, photographer or a graphic designer.</p> <p> In Bangkok, freelancer is a term generally reserved for a prostitute who isn&rsquo;t affiliated with a bar.</p> <p> Using that same logic, &ldquo;looking for freelancers&rdquo; might get you more than you bargained for.</p> <p> Unless, naturally, you are in Thailand for that kind of thing. That would be you and about a million other men.</p> <p> After all, Bangkok hasn&rsquo;t become the sex capital of the world because they make fantastic green curry. (And it truly is fantastic!)</p> <p> It&rsquo;s become the hot spot for sex tourism because of its liberal attitude toward &ldquo;compensated dating.&rdquo;</p> <p> Yes, it is dating in a very broad sense of the word, but it isn&rsquo;t just about the sex.</p> <p> Being in Bangkok for the first time &mdash; and still full of preconceived stereotypes &mdash; I am consistently surprised how much of what happens in the sex scene here is hardly about sex.</p> <p> It used to be that lonely men from the West traveled to Thailand for a few weeks at a time and hired a &ldquo;freelancer&rdquo; here, think companion, for their entire holiday.</p> <p> This girl would become their &ldquo;girlfriend&rdquo; for a limited time and would get added benefits of being taken along on holidays and shopping trips, sometimes year after year.</p> <p> While these sort of arrangements still happen, Bangkok&rsquo;s sex scene has become largely the fast-food version of itself.</p> <p> The competition is huge and the girls who work in bars must accrue a set number of customers each month or they get penalized.</p> <p> Meanwhile, the economic crisis of the last few years has sent many of them to the street, trying their luck as &ldquo; street freelancers.&rdquo;</p> <p> But with the <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Hangover Part II&rdquo; crowd </a>that tends to frequent Bangkok these days, it has become increasingly harder to find customers willing to pay for a whole night, let alone a week or month.</p> <p> So freelancers have come up with new rules to cope with today&rsquo;s fast-paced environment that their mothers&lsquo; generation of companions hardly had to deal with.</p> <p> Take, for example, the gruesome and competitive practice of &ldquo;per session&rdquo; pricing.</p> <p> A British man I&rsquo;ll call Jack learned this rule the hard way and he was quite surprised how the Thai sex operation works.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bangkok economic crisis Prostitution sex tourism Travel/Tourism Thailand Wanderlust Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:55:10 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5691555 at Strauss-Kahn released from jail after two days of questioning over prostitution ring <p> Former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was released from prison in the northern French city of Lille during questioning by police over alleged involvement in a prostitution ring</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dominique Strauss-Kahn Prostitution France Europe Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:18:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5692976 at Canadian province Ontario legalizes brothels Ontario's top court has legalized brothels in the Canadian province, a ruling that is meant to protect the safety of sex workers.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Canada prostitutes Prostitution Canada Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:05:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5697770 at Alexis Wright 'Zumba madam' pleads guilty in prostitution case Alexis Wright pled guilty Friday to prostitution, conspiracy and tax evasion.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prostitution Want to Know United States Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:50:57 +0000 News Desk 5797363 at Zurich opens its first prostitution drive-in 'sex boxes' <!--paging_filter--><p>Zurich&#39;s first red-light drive-ins are open for business Monday.</p> <p>The so-called<a href=""> &ldquo;sex boxes&rdquo;</a> work in a similar way to fast-food service: Drivers place their orders for one of 40 prostitutes and then proceed to one of nine wooden booths.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prostitution sex industry Travel/Tourism Want to Know Europe Culture & Lifestyle Sun, 25 Aug 2013 18:20:00 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5917479 at Drive-in sex: Coming to a (Swiss) corner near you <p>ZURICH &mdash; Drive-ins may not very popular in Europe, but a new take may well prove to be. From this week, men seeking prostitutes here will be directed to a former industrial zone where nine &ldquo;sex boxes&rdquo; are being unveiled.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prostitution Entertainment Want to Know Europe Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Meritxell Mir 5918257 at Germany's legalized sex industry is booming <p>BERLIN &mdash; A decade after Germany legalized big-money brothels and recognized prostitutes&#39; rights as workers in some of the world&#39;s most liberal prostitution laws, business is booming. Organized sex workers say the trade is safer and healthier than ever, but a surprise campaign is invigorating longtime enemies of the oldest profession who argue that the changes have turned Berlin and other towns into city-sized discount stores for sex.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prostitution Want to Know Germany Culture & Lifestyle Tue, 26 Nov 2013 06:04:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5999804 at