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New Dating Site Blurs the Line Between Capitalism and Prostitution

Somewhere near the intersection of online dating and unabashed prostitution is where you can find WhatsYourPrice.com -- a new dating site where cash trumps compatibility. Site founder Brandon Wade compares WhatsYourPrice.com to eBay. "When you see a hot single you want to date, just make an offer and buy the first date," Wade explains, in a press release. But that's where the similarities...

BlackBerrys, Facebook Have Changed the Face of Prostitution, Sociologist Finds

Today's high-end prostitutes book their own appointments on BlackBerrys and rely on Facebook, rather than pimps or madams, for self-promotion. That, in a nutshell, is what Columbia sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh discovered while doing research for a Wired report on New York's sex workers. Venkatesh spent a full year following some 290 sex workers in the city, and made careful observations on...

Craigslist Shuts Down 'Adult Services' Section Across the World

In September, Craigslist decided to permanently shut down its 'Adult Services' section in the U.S. after coming under fire from American lawmakers. Now, the controversial section has been removed from the company's international sites, as well. It's still not clear what prompted the move, but Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Craigslist contacted his office on Tuesday to...

Craigslist Permanently Shuts Down Adult Services Section

When Craigslist suddenly decided to block its adult services section earlier this month, many speculated that the site was only trying to draw more public attention to its legally protected right to host such activity. As it turns out, however, Craigslist wasn't bluffing, and has now decided to permanently close the controversial section. During a hearing on sex trafficking of minors held by...

Craigslist Censors Adult Services Section in U.S.

Practitioners and patrons of the world's oldest profession will no longer be able to conduct business on Craigslist, as the classifieds site has now censored all of the pages under its famed 'Adult Services' section in the U.S. On Friday, pages offering or seeking adult services were suddenly replaced by a giant 'CENSORED' bar. The site still has yet to comment on the decision. A group of 17...

Famed 'Belle de Jour' Sex Blogger Reveals I.D. -- and Ph.D.

For six years, a wildly popular blogger and author has remained anonymous to her public. Known only by her pen name, Belle de Jour, this London-based woman has captivated millions with her 'Diary of a London Call Girl' blog and her books, and even had an entire TV series based on her tales. The primary reason for such a rabid following? Belle de Jour was writing about her experiences as a call...

Brothel Lowers Rates for 'Green' Customers

The economic slump has been tough on all kinds of businesses, even whorehouses. When money is tight, it looks like paying for sex is one of those extras people just can't afford. But one brothel in Berlin isn't taking this news lying down (Excuse the pun). According to The Associated Press, Maison d'Envie, or House of Desire, is giving a $7.50 (5€) discount to all customers who either ride a...

Alleged Sexual Predator Impersonates Police Using Geek Squad Badge

Best Buy's tech-help Geek Squad are letting their badges go to their head, says the Daily Record. New Jersey police arrested 25-year-old Jay Mora last week for impersonating a police officer and for sexual assault. Apparently, Mora was meeting an unidentified woman at a hotel to "engage in a sex-for-money transaction." Once in the room together, Mora identified himself as a police officer by...

Craigslist Eliminates 'Erotic Services' Section

Thanks to the highly publicized April 14th murder of Boston masseuse Julissa Brisman, Craigslist's "erotic services" section has been under intense scrutiny by media and government alike, despite a year-long effort to curb illegal prostitution posts. After a month in the national spotlight, Reuters is reporting that Craiglist has announced that it will be changing the name of the "erotic...

Massachusetts Cops Cuff 50 Folks in Craigslist Prostitution Sting

This weekend in Worcester, Massachusetts, local police arrested 50 people in a prostitution sting, Worcester's Telegram reports. Taking place in an area hotel from Thursday night to Saturday morning, the sting's success was largely contingent on Craigslist's 'Casual Encounters' section, where police had posted false solicitations and offers of prostitution. This is only the latest in a recent...

Craigslist Proud of 90% Drop in Erotic Services Listings

A collaborative effort between Craigslist, 40 state Attorneys General, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has, over the past year, resulted in a 90-percent drop in "Erotic Services" listings on the popular site. A Craigslist spokesperson called the change "spectacular," according to ArsTechnica. For months now, Craigslist has implemented measures such as phone...

Creator Of Prostitute-Rating Web Site Arrested

Here's a little story for you. Robert Eric McFadden, former director of the Faith Based and Community Initiatives in Ohio was arrested on Wednesday. The Columbus, Ohio man was behind a Web site that actually rated local prostitutes and online escorts. He was also involved with a $10 ticket raffle which offered one evening with a "lady of the night" (we like this term better. Neither of these...

Woman Finds 'Second Life' as Avatar Prostitute

One day, someone will teach a college class on the sociological implications of 'Second Life.' In a place that so perfectly, yet whimsically, mirrors the real world, there are bound to be things that peak the interest of anyone with even a passing curiosity in human nature. One tale that has caught the attention of many is that of Palela Alderson, a 26 year-old Italian woman, who has taken to...

Sex With Robots: Is It Cheating?

The great philosophical debate of the next decade will certainly be, "Is having sex with a robot hooker cheating?" Our friends over at Asylum debate the issue in the video above -- be warned it's NSFW (not safe for work) or appropriate for children. We've gotten used to robots that cook, clean, and pour us alcoholic beverages, and we all know that the next step is clearly robot...

Connecticut Pressures Craigslist Over Prostitution Ads

We're all pretty aware that Craigslist is great for finding free or cheap crap in your neighborhood. We're also pretty well aware that Craigslist is the place for ladies of the night to advertise their services. The Attorney General (AG) of Connecticut however has decided that Craigslist isn't doing enough to keep the advertisers of sexual services for pay off the free classified web site and...