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Hookers upset with Hooker sting that brought down a Labour Lord

It seems that hookers have ethics far more so than the politicians they root.

They’re upset that the two hookers who ran the hooker sting on Lord Sewel have lowered the reputation of hookers in general.

Lord Sewel, eh? Or John Buttifant Sewel if you prefer. By now, we?ve all had the sight of his orange bra burned into our consciousness, seethed as we listened to his racist remarks about Asian women, shaken our heads over the fact that it?s public money ? our money ? he?s spending on cocaine and sex workers. Lord Sewel has resigned and there are few tears to be shed.

But what of the women in the coke-snorting, bra-wearing, Cameron-slagging video? Purveyors of the ?sordid sex party? as The Sun put it. Because, as much as Lord Sewel used these sex workers as props for his naughty night ? at one point, you?ll remember, he?s sniffs a line off a woman?s breast ? so too has The Sun. Their role is clear: wanton accessories in a lurid scandal.

Well London escorts are fed up with the whole affair. Perhaps none more than Lydia*, who, a few years ago, was herself outed by a tabloid as a part-time sex worker, a situation which cost her a public-sector career and lost her friends.

?Seeing someone?s personal life splashed across the paper still makes me feel sick,? Lydia confides. ?Regardless of what you think of them. When it happened to me, it turned my life upside down.? ?? Read more »

NZ is best place in world to be a hooker

There are so many statistics and areas of expertise where we are number one.

Now it is claimed that we are the best?place on earth to be a hooker.

New Zealand is the best place on Earth to be a prostitute, says a local sex workers’ advocate.

Catherine Healey, New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective national co-ordinator, told an Australian news website New Zealand was the best country to work in the sex industry.

She said laws here around sex work were the world’s most effective and exploitation was kept at bay.

“We’ve effectively allowed sex workers more control over what they choose to do,” she told the news.com.au site.? Read more »

Streamlining cock tax, Uber style app launched for hookers

The Economist reports on the launch of a new app in Germany to streamline bookings and haggling of prices with hookers.

FOR those seeking commercial sex in Berlin, Peppr, a new app, makes life easy. Type in a location and up pops a list of the nearest prostitutes, along with pictures, prices and physical particulars. Results can be filtered, and users can arrange a session for a ?5-10 ($6.50-13) booking fee. It plans to expand to more cities.

Peppr can operate openly since prostitution, and the advertising of prostitution, are both legal in Germany. But even where they are not, the internet is transforming the sex trade. Prostitutes and punters have always struggled to find each other, and to find out what they want to know before pairing off. Phone-box ?tart cards? for blonde bombshells and leggy se?oritas could only catch so many eyes. Customers knew little about the nature and quality of the services on offer. Personal recommendations, though helpful, were awkward to come by. Sex workers did not know what risks they were taking on with clients.

Now specialist websites and apps are allowing information to flow between buyer and seller, making it easier to strike mutually satisfactory deals. The sex trade is becoming easier to enter and safer to work in: prostitutes can warn each other about violent clients, and do background and health checks before taking a booking. Personal web pages allow them to advertise and arrange meetings online; their clients? feedback on review sites helps others to proceed with confidence.

Even in places such as America, where prostitution and its facilitation are illegal everywhere except Nevada, the marketing and arrangement of commercial sex is moving online. To get round the laws, web servers are placed abroad; site-owners and users hide behind pseudonyms; and prominently placed legalese frames the purpose of sites as ?entertainment? and their content as ?fiction?.

The shift online is casting light on parts of the sex industry that have long lurked in the shadows. Streetwalkers have always attracted the lion?s share of attention from policymakers and researchers because they ply their trade in public places. They are more bothersome for everyone else?and, because they are the most vulnerable, more likely to come to the attention of the police and of social or health workers. But in many rich countries they are a minority of all sex workers; just 10-20% in America, estimates Ronald Weitzer, a sociologist at George Washington University.

This could easily solve Papatoetoe’s problem with street walkers. ? Read more »

Vexatious litigant and dud root loses in High Court

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A vexatious litigant and a dud root has lost in his attempt to get a refund from a hooker.

Lord knows why his name and details haven’t?been published.

A man who tried to sue a prostitute for a refund has lost his case in the High Court.

The man, who’s known as Mr N, hired a private investigator to track the sex worker down after he felt he hadn’t had his money’s worth, when his session with the woman ended prematurely.

Today’s?Sunday Star Times?reports Mr N claimed compensation and damages, because the woman breached a contractual agreement. ?? Read more »