India: Sex workers rue discrimination against their children

New Delhi, March 5, DHNS:

Sex workers in the country who are forced to live with ostracism have demanded a key legislative change to allow their children pursue higher studies using their mothers’ income.

According to the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA), 1960, if anybody above 18 years uses the earnings of a sex-worker, he or she can be prosecuted. If the children of sex workers use their mothers’ income, long hand of law can catch them.

“How many children start earning at 18? Why this bias against us when we strive to study and make a living against all social hurdles,” rues Parvati, daughter of a Kolkata-based commercial sex worker. Continue reading


The Nation: Students and Sex Work

“After doing massage therapy for a while, I am now working as an escort full-time. I see two to three clients a day. Seventy-five per cent of my clients are kinkier and twenty-five per cent want vanilla sex or massage with orgasms.”

This is how a Canadian male student, who wishes to remain anonymous, describes how he started to consider sex work earlier this year to raise funds to attend a midwifery school in New Zealand. As a massage therapist working in Vancouver (one of Canada’s most liberal cities) who identifies as “sex positive” and sexually experimental, he found the transition to working as an escort “pretty natural.”

“Students who are considering sex work need to be extremely conscious of their safety.”
-Trina Ricketts, founder of

“The work is what you make it,” he says. “I find it really rewarding to help clients explore their sexuality.” Continue reading

Lap Dancers Not Just Pretty Faces

A STUDY of lap dancers has found that one in four has a university DEGREE.

The majority of women in the industry were attracted by the money after finishing school and gaining qualifications, according to the research.

An average stripper takes home £232 per shift — or £48,000 a year — after paying commission and fees to the club where they work.

Many are aspiring actresses, models and artists who hope to use lap dancing as a lucrative platform for breaking into their desired industry. Continue reading

A Few Questions for Belle de Jour, Call Girl and Scientist

November 20, 2009, 1:30 pm

In 2003, a young American woman in London studying for her PhD. ran into money trouble. To support herself while writing her thesis, she joined an escort service. Under the assumed name Belle de Jour, she started to blog her experiences. That blog led to a series of successful, jaunty memoirs beginning with 2005’s The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl. The books were adapted for television in the U.K. (where she is portrayed by Billie Piper) and later in the U.S. All the while, as Belle de Jour garnered more attention — and criticism, for portraying prostitution as a glamorous career choice — the woman behind Belle de Jour struggled to keep her anonymity. This month, as an ex-boyfriend threatened to blow her cover, Belle approached one of her critics, the London journalist India Knight of the Sunday Times, to reveal her identity. That resulted in an article, published Nov. 15, outing her as Dr. Brooke Magnanti, 34, a neurotoxicologist at the Bristol Initiative for Research of Child Health. This week, she agreed to answer a few questions for the Freakonomics blog, about her work as a call girl and as a scientist. Continue reading

UK: Man held in fire murder inquiry

Page last updated at 10:59 GMT, Sunday, 18 October 2009 11:59 UK

Police investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found strangled after a fire at her flat in Brighton have arrested a 42-year-old man.

The body of Andrea Waddell, 29, who had a masters degree and worked as a prostitute, was found just before midnight on Thursday by firefighters.

The man in custody, from Brighton, was held on Saturday night, police said.

Ms Waddell’s family have revealed she underwent gender reassignment surgery after moving to Brighton in 2004.

In a statement, they said she had originally been born Alexander John.

Ms Waddell studied for a masters degree in social and political thought at the University of Sussex, after graduating in philosophy at Durham. Continue reading

UK: Sex-change graduate working as a prostitute strangled before killer set fire to her flat

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:23 PM on 18th October 2009

A murdered student who had been working as a prostitute had once been a man, her family has revealed.

Andrea Waddell’s body was discovered by firefighters called to tackle a blaze at the address.

The 29-year-old had been strangled.

As detectives hunted her killer, her grieving relatives disclosed the troubled life the murder victim had suffered before her untimely death.

Her parents, Sonia and Robin, and her brother Nick, said: ‘Our beloved Andrea has been through so much.

‘Born Alexander John, he was diagnosed with scoliosis – a severe spinal curvature – at the age of 14, and after surgery he developed fibromyalgia, a permanent condition of chronic pain. Continue reading

UK: Man arrested after the murder of a Brighton prostitute

9:10am Sunday 18th October 2009

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Brighton prostitute.

Police arrested the 42-year-old last night following the death of Andrea Waddell, who was found strangled in her flat following a fire.

The man, who is from Brighton, is currently in police custody and will be interviewed by detectives today.

Ms Waddell’s family last night revealed that she had undergone gender surgery to become a woman while studying for a master’s degree.

Detectives launched a murder inquiry after her body was found shortly before midnight on Thursday in the first floor flat in Upper Lewes Road, Brighton.

In a statement released by Sussex Police, Ms Waddell’s family said the 29-year-old was born Alexander John, but saw a psychiatrist about his ambivalent gender feelings as a teenager growing up in Reading, Berkshire. Continue reading