sex work

The Underground Australian Sex Workers Refusing to Register with the Government

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.
Raili Simojoki

Are London's Brothel Raids Really About Saving Sex Workers?

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.
Frankie Mullin

Sex Workers Tell Us What Their Ideal Brothels Would Look Like

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.
Frankie Mullin; Illustrations: Polly Williams
professional People

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Work (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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.
Mish Barber Way
deep dives

What's It Actually Like to DJ In a Brothel?

THUMP spent a night in an Australian brothel and learned that DJing is all about control — wherever it takes place.
Mantis Kane

Seedy, Stunning NSFW Photos from 1970s Paris Strip Clubs

Photographs from the old Parisian neighborhood of Pigalle, a place of cabarets, strip clubs, brothels, and sex shops.
Gilles Elie Cohen

Inside the 'House of Cyn,' Britain's Most Notorious Brothel

Remembering the UK's favorite madam, Cynthia Payne.
Rob Baker

Everything You Need to Know About the Amnesty Sex Work Argument, Broken Down

This week, Amnesty International took a bashing after they called for the global decriminalization of sex work. Here's what you need to know.
Frankie Mullin

The Bunny Ranch Pimp Wants to Run for Senate to End Sex Trafficking

Dennis Hof may seem like an odd person to defend sex trafficking victims, but he believes his experience with legal prostitution proves that decriminalizing the oldest profession would end one of the world's biggest human rights issues.
Mitchell Sunderland

Bunny Ranch Pimp Dennis Hof Wants to Run for Senate to End Sex Trafficking

The proprietor of Nevada's most famous brothel is running for office to promote his solution to sex trafficking: legalizing prostitution.
Mitchell Sunderland
asia & pacific

South Korean ‘Comfort Women’ Threaten to Sue Japan for $20 Million in the US

A group of women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during WWII is prepared to file suit against Japan in a California district court on July 1.
Liz Fields

A Psychotherapist's Evaluation of America's Most Infamous Pimp

An excerpt from Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof's new memoir.
Sheenah Hankin, PhD