The Hipster Rent Boys Of New York

No more L train for us! In frigid economy, striving young men are turning to the oldest profession to make the city work for them

by Joe Pompeo | 7:00 PM January 27, 2009 | Tags: O2 Gus Van Sant Jason Preston Marc Jacobs Mike Jones My Own Private Idaho RentBoy.comSean Van Sant Sudhir VenkateshTed Haggard
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On a recent Wednesday evening, Robert was with a client in Greenwich Village. It was a first-timer who’d called him a few days earlier to arrange a meeting at a bar on 9th Street so they could speak face-to-face before closing the deal he’d proposed earlier.

When Robert arrived, the man, in his mid-60s and, Robert said, “handsome and fit for his age,” was sipping a martini; Robert ordered a glass of pinot noir. After their drinks were done, he went back to the guy’s apartment, had sex with him and became $360 richer.

“I like it when clients ask me to meet them out somewhere first,” said Robert the following night, when he stopped for coffee at a Bedford Avenue cafe en route to some art openings on the Lower East Side. (He agreed to speak with The Observer on the condition we’d use a pseudonym.) He was wearing tight Uniqlo jeans tucked into Army-issue boots and a vintage plaid button-down fastened to his chest by skinny Marc Jacobs suspenders. “It gives me a chance to be charming,” he continued. “Build up their desire. Get them to want me.” Continue reading

kenyan male sex workers serve “politicians and religious leaders”

Nanjala Majale (BTM Correspondent)

MOMBASA – 26 January 2009: Panning out to Mombasa, the second largest city
in Kenya, a young good-looking well-groomed man sits on a bamboo chaise
lounge. He is a male sex worker, who caters only for male clientele.

He has a slightly bored expression on his face, but is willing to talk about
his lifestyle and line of work.

“I don’t know why they think there are only a pocketful of homosexuals in
this country”, Brian* mused before the interview even started, staring
absentmindedly at his nails.

“Our main market is not the white tourists who come down here. We cater for
people in Nairobi, Meru and even Mandera!”

He went on to say, in a slightly feminine tone, that last December he spent
the entire month, fully paid, in Nairobi. “I had fun!” Brian enthused. Continue reading

The Anatomy of Dating a Sugar Daddy

A Fun Way to Explore Love and the De Luxe Lifestyle — or Pure Prostitution?
Jan. 26, 2009—

Eighteen-year-old Melanie is living a big city life that might be the envy of any girl her age. Designer handbags, thousand-dollar shoes and extravagant trips are all at her disposal.

“I am having an amazing time. I love life,” she said. “I like life better than the average girl.”

“All my bills paid, travel when I want, go shopping and do things girls my age can’t do,” Melanie said of her life’s perks.

But it’s not her part-time modeling gig funding her easy-breezy lifestyle: it’s her 40-year-old, married millionaire sugar daddy, Chris.

The pair met on a Web site for linking sugar daddies and sugar mamas. Chris and Melanie now have been dating for a month. Continue reading

Las Vegas: Mayor keeps prostitution legalization debate going

He suggests prostitutes could be treated very well
By Sam Skolnik

Fri, Jan 23, 2009 (2 a.m.)

Mayor Oscar Goodman insists he’s not in favor of legalizing prostitution in downtown Las Vegas. He just wants there to be an open discussion of the topic.

But his argument is clear as a July afternoon in the neon desert: Most everyone — even locals — seems to think prostitution is legal here, so why not formalize it and make hundreds of millions of dollars from the enterprise?

That’s why Goodman floated the idea publicly in 2004, again to an appalled New York Times columnist in 2007, and, this month, discussed the idea with an unidentified state legislator and people “in the industry.”

Goodman had a great deal to say on the topic at his weekly news conference Thursday. Continue reading

Nevada ogles the potential tax dollars of legal prostitution

A lawmaker is proposing legalizing brothels in Reno and Las Vegas. Gambling revenue is down sharply in the state.

By Ashley Powers
January 23, 2009

Reporting from Las Vegas — In revenue-strapped Nevada, where foreclosed homes dot suburban streets and poker tables sit empty, it’s come to this: A state legislator wants to talk about legalizing — and taxing — prostitution in Reno and Las Vegas.

“It’s almost de facto legal. It’s running unregulated,” said state Sen. Bob Coffin, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Taxation Committee. He also said legalization would better protect sex workers. Continue reading

Under consideration: Tax brothels, consider legalizing prostitution in Las Vegas


Thu, Jan 22, 2009 (2 a.m.)

Carson City — In these tough budgetary times, the chairman of a key state Senate committee is willing to consider the world’s oldest profession as a potential source of new tax revenue.

State Sen. Bob Coffin said Tuesday he would be willing to grant a hearing on proposals to legalize and regulate prostitution in Las Vegas and other urban areas of the state where it’s illegal.

The Las Vegas Democrat, who heads the Senate Taxation Committee, said he also wants to look at taxing the state’s legal brothels in rural counties.

Only “the most naive person on the planet would believe there’s no prostitution going on in the urban areas,” Coffin said. “It’s going on now unregulated and unsafe. Continue reading

Malaysia: What human trafficking?

Saturday January 17, 2009

PUTRAJAYA: Kuala Lumpur has refuted US allegations that officials here are involved in human trafficking activities.

Saying that the accusations were baseless, ridiculous and far-fetched, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said it was typical of the United States to practise “high-handedness” by accusing other countries of “committing various crimes”.

“We are a civilised country. We are not living in barbaric times when people are sold off at the whims and fancies of people with power.

“It is certainly unfair of the US Senate to accuse us of doing outrageous things,” he told The Star yesterday. Continue reading

High-priced prostitutes sharing in India’s new prosperity

Published: September 14, 2008


NEW DELHI: Zeba, a 23-year-old model and actress, says she has found the perfect job. The money is great, she rubs shoulders with the very wealthy and her working hours are convenient.

Zeba is one of thousands of high-price call girls servicing India’s nouveau riche and the throng of foreign businessmen drawn to a booming economy.

“If you have a modeling assignment, you have to work hard,” Zeba said in American-accented English. She declined to give her full name, saying that she was doing so to protect her identity.

“But over here,” she said, “it’s just one hour. You talk to the person for half-an-hour and then the other half-an-hour in bed. You make a lot of money and it’s easy.”

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Older Stories: Hookers unite!

San Francisco sex workers are on a mission to decriminalize prostitution here and across the country.

By Ann Harrison 1/28/2004

IT SEEMED TO be the seedy underbelly of paid sex in the city. On Jan. 14, federal agents raided four suspected brothels in San Francisco’s Sunset District. Investigators say they busted a sophisticated international prostitution ring in which Asian women were allegedly smuggled into the United States and forced to pay off a $40,000 debt to their traffickers by selling their bodies.

The Standing Against Global Exploitation Project (SAGE), which works closely with local police departments, immediately condemned an underground industry that promises foreigners better lives with good jobs but instead forces them into sex work.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery,” SAGE’s Linnette Peralta Haynes told the Bay Guardian.

Mark Wollman, special agent in charge of the Northern California Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which raided the brothels, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as saying the six women detained in the raid are being treated as victims rather than criminals. Yet some say that’s a strange distinction in a country that uniformly deems prostitutes – regardless of how they got into the business – criminals. Continue reading

UK: North-east woman admits part in trafficking woman

Thai citizen made to work in sex trade

By Ryan Crighton
Published: 09/01/2009

AN ABERDEEN woman has admitted her part in trafficking a Thai citizen across the UK to work in the sex trade.
Jutamas Songglin, who was caught by police trying to leave the country with £10,000 in cash, forced the 29-year-old victim to see 10 men a day at a brothel in Plymouth.

Two men and five women, including Songglin, admitted s charges relating to trafficking the 29-year-old woman across the UK, turning her to prostitution, controlling her in that trade and running a brothel in Plymouth and another in Taunton when they appeared in court.

Andrew Oldland, prosecuting, told Plymouth Crown Court: “This was an organised criminal activity, focusing on the exploitation of prostitutes for gain.” Continue reading