The hidden hell of a Houston sex slave

11:37 AM CDT on Friday, April 10, 2009

By Rucks Russell / 11 News

HOUSTON—It’s easy to pass by Houston’s hot-sheet motels without giving them much thought.

Houston’s dark secret: Inside the life of a prostitute
April 9, 2009

But many of them are harboring a dark secret behind their closed doors.

It’s a secret world a young woman who calls herself Miley knows all too well.

“Cigarette burns all over the comforters, roaches climbing up the walls,” Miley said. “This is happening. This is going on right under our noses.”

She’s talking about sexual slavery.

Miley says she got sucked into that life as a rebellious teenager who grew up near Washington, D.C. She says she was slightly overweight and insecure, and her parents were often too busy to notice.

“I was experimenting with a lot of things, listening to crazy music and wearing crazy clothes,” she said. Continue reading

Zimbabwe: The Curse of Child Prostitution

Vimbai Komani
10 April 2009

Harare — THERE is a saying that politics is the second oldest profession in the world and it is just as sordid as the oldest.

Of course, this is not a very flattering thing to say about the practitioners of the profession called politics because the world has seen its fair share of principled, dedicated and people-centred politicians.

Despite the centrality of politics to global affairs from time immemorial, it certainly does say something about prostitution that some people find it as arguably a more interesting topic of discussion than governance, administration and the other bureaucratic humdrum associated with politics.

And as the oldest profession has spread across the globe, it has tended to rope into its ranks younger and younger practitioners, making it cause for concern for anyone who cares about children’s rights. Continue reading

Oshkosh mom accused of working at home as prostitute

April 10, 2009

By Amie Jo Schaenzer and Jennifer K. Woldt
Gannett Wisconsin Media

OSHKOSH — Authorities arrested a 33-year-old Oshkosh woman on Wednesday for running a prostitution service in her home while her husband was gone and her child was at school.

The arrest marks the second undercover investigation by the Oshkosh Police Department of local women who offered to perform sexual acts for pay through the Craigslist online advertising service.

In the most recent case, the woman used the Web site to post information about her services, which she offered out of her home in the 1xxxx block of Otter Avenue for $125 per session, Oshkosh Police Detective Paul Frey said.

The woman had a regular customer base, Frey said, and started offering the services last summer. She said she used the money she earned to pay bills. Continue reading

Ecuador Sex Workers Target HIV-AIDS Prevention

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April 11, 2009

Run Date: 04/10/09
By Dominique Soguel
WeNews correspondent

Sex workers in Ecuador are building a national labor network and trying to curb HIV-AIDS, while dealing with the growing presence of minors and undocumented workers in brothels. The first of six stories on Ecuador’s sex industry.

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (WOMENSENEWS)–Elizabeth Molina does not walk. She marches.

The word “comrade” follows each one of her greetings and remarks.

Molina is a sex worker. Eighteen thousand sex workers stand behind her. She is the head of RedTrabSex, Ecuador’s national network of sex workers with headquarters in Quito. The labor union is divided into 15 organizations and is still growing.

So far, the group, which began mustering its ranks in 2005, has established organizations in 14 of the country’s 24 total provinces. “We are halfway there,” Molina told Women’s eNews recently, sweeping her hand over a provincial map of Ecuador. “Keep in mind, 18,000 represents the women working in brothels. Our colleagues also reel in their clients on the streets, in the parks and by phone. We move around.” Continue reading

Keeping Up With Being Kept

By RUTH PADAWER
Published: April 10, 2009

AT FIRST GLANCE, the Web site SeekingArrangement.com seems like any other dating site. Most of the men are looking for fit, sexy women, and most of the women want nice guys who can make them smile and laugh. But if eHarmony or Match.com is a chatty social mixer, Seeking Arrangement is a down-and-dirty marketplace where older moneyed men and cute young women engage in brutally frank transactions. They’re not searching for longtime soul mates; they want no-strings-attached “arrangements” that trade in society’s most valued currencies: wealth, youth and beauty. In the cheesy lexicon of the site, they are “sugar daddies” and “sugar babies.”

There’s the 18-year-old from France asking for $5,000 to $10,000 a month from “a mentor who can provide me with the finer things in life and keep me happy!” And the 49-year-old investor from upstate New York willing to pay $5,000 a month for a “daytime playmate” for “intense connection without commitment.” Critics say the site is at best a convenience store for adulterers and at worst a virtual brothel, but Brandon Wade, Seeking Arrangement’s 38-year-old founder and chief executive, is unperturbed by the criticism. “We stress relationships that are mutually beneficial,” he says. “We ask people to really think about what they want in a relationship and what they have to offer. That kind of upfront honesty is a good basis for any relationship.”
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W. VA: 9 arrested in prostitution sting

April 10, 2009 @ 07:35 PM
KYLA ASBURY
Herald-Dispatch.com

HUNTINGTON — Nine people were arrested on various charges Friday night while police conducted a prostitution sting in Huntington.

Four women and five men were arrested in the sting.

Sgt. Eric Corder said they started at 11 a.m. Friday morning and ended around 8 p.m.

“We did two phases of the operation,” Corder said. “The first phase we sent undercover officers out to try and pick up the prostitutes, and in the second phase we sent an officer undercover as a prostitute.”

Corder said their goal is to be 100 percent proactive and help Huntington. Continue reading