Topic: prostitution

One City Is Finally Spending Money On Improving The Safety Of Sex Workers

One City Is Finally Spending Money On Improving The Safety Of Sex Workers

As we’ve learned from the writer in our wonderful Harlotry series, sex workers face a lot of difficulties when it comes to safety issues — often because of the laws that are supposed to “protect” citizens that, in reality, make sex workers’ lives much harder. Fortunately, some places in the world seem to actually see these women (and men) as human beings and want to improve conditions. More »

Harlotry: Talking With A 24-Year-Old Former Street Walker

Harlotry: Talking With A 24-Year-Old Former Street Walker

“Leia” is a 24 year old Chicago sex worker. I met her at the UnHooked program we had both been assigned to by the court, and she agreed to give me an interview. …I was pretty nervous, going into it, as I’ve never interviewed anyone before. I met her at her house in West Lawndale, and asked her a few questions. Leia is not her name, and but it’s what I’ve been referring to her as up until a couple of days ago when she told me she would like to be known as “Miss Cash Money.” More »

Harlotry: What I Learned In Hooker Rehab

Harlotry: What I Learned In Hooker Rehab

In Chicago, a first arrest for prostitution or any similar offense is dealt with by assigning a class to the fallen woman. They do their best to make it cute–the class is called “UnHooked” and is paid for mainly by the fines levied on men who are caught patronizing or soliciting sex workers. More »