Luxury industries took a major hit during the recession, particularly the business of sin. Gambling revenues on the Las Vegas Strip plummeted 14 percent, and casino construction ground to a halt. And although the recession has technically ended, sex is still not selling so well.
The legal brothel industry in... Read More »
Roughly 1 in 5 American adults have arrest or conviction records, and many of them hope that prospective employers won't ever find out about their pasts. Joseph Bartosch, right, wouldn't be exceptional in that regard except that he's the chief brand officer at a fundamentalist Christian university in... Read More »
By Erin Fuchs
New York state's attorney general said today that 19 people had been indicted for allegedly participating in a massive money laundering and prostitution ring.
Prosecutors say defendants laundered money from prostitution, sex trafficking and drug sales through the small-business ad company... Read More »
Becky Adams began her more than two-decade career in sex work at a time of desperation. But even though her teenage daughter Emilia grew up wanting for nothing, Adams wouldn't mind if the girl followed in her footsteps. It's certainly better than banking, she told the British tabloid, The Sun. "Society may... Read More »
"OK, it's showtime!"
That's what Keith Handley, her husband and a McDonald's franchise owner, allegedly said, morning, afternoon and night, to pep her up to have sex with other men. Shelley Lynn's story is strange, and it only gets stranger the deeper you look. It's little surprise that for two decades, no... Read More »
The case of the "Soccer Mom Madam," 44-year-old Anna Gristina (pictured) who allegedly ran a prostitution ring from her upper East Side apartment, has all the ingredients of a great scandal: sex, money, a suburban mom-gone-bad. But in an article for New York's Daily News, one of her purported employees claims... Read More »
Melissa Petro has spent much of her young life writing about the plight of sex workers: The stigma and shame, their treatment as victims or villains. Now Petro has been trampled by the forces she was trying to fight. After writing about her own experience as a sex worker, Petro was forced to resign from her... Read More »
It's not often that you hear the details of a career lived on the streets, let alone by someone who raised a family from the money she earned working them.
But Barbara Terry supplied them for an article in The New York Times. Trained to be a medical lab technician, by age 21 Terry's husband had left, leaving... Read More »
When Queen Latifah's BMW was jacked in 1995, she called New Jersey lawyer Paul Bergrin. When the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal blew open, one of the soldiers involved got a hold of Paul Bergrin too, who represented him pro bono. When reputed mobster Angelo Prisco was indicted on various criminal charges,... Read More »
"Growth, growth, growth" is today's political mantra. And the regions of the U.S. actually seeing growth right now, like oil-rich South Texas, are a lucky few. But less discussed are the growing pains that come with growth: skyrocketing rents, rising taxes, traffic jams and, of course, moral turpitude. Read More »
Prostitution may have been legalized in Germany in 2001, but it's still relatively verboten to mention it's being used. Still, high-powered German businesses seem to have found a way to use orgy-like sex parties as business incentives -- when used the right way, they're a tie that definitely binds.
At... Read More »
Many people work second jobs to help make ends meet, but it's not everyone who moonlights as a prostitute to help put food on the table.
But that's exactly what a nurse for Britain's National Health Service did. Sharon Morgan quickly quit her job after it was learned she was providing services of a sexual... Read More »