Police knew one man was operating almost 500 criminal enterprises. All they had to catch him was a photograph and 100 fake IDs.
STDs and stigma are now the least of their concerns.
Sex workers in Victoria can only practice lawfully in brothels, or as escorts. The result is a growing underclass of sex workers who feel they have no choice but to operate in secret, risking their safety.
You're a businessman, right? You've watched The Apprentice. Let's see what you can do with this.
Last week, police stormed six massage parlors looking for victims, so they could "take them to safety." Often, this meant arresting women and putting them in detention centers.
From cats and jacuzzis to wet rooms for "messy play," we asked some sex workers how they'd want to work if brothel-keeping were legal.
After exploring the world of paid companionship for Broadly's series "Professional People," host Mish Barber Way speaks with a woman working in the world's oldest profession.
Photographs from the old Parisian neighborhood of Pigalle, a place of cabarets, strip clubs, brothels, and sex shops.