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    An excellent article in today's Economist, opposing criminalisation and welcoming the online advantages for sex work.

    There's very little here that we as participants don't already know, but plenty to enlighten and educate the public. It's also refreshing to see a newspaper article on sex work without a hopelessly cliched photo of a woman leaning into a car.

    Here is an excerpt. The full article is in the link below.

    ''This newspaper has never found it plausible that all prostitutes are victims. That fiction is becoming harder to sustain as much of the buying and selling of sex moves online. Personal websites mean prostitutes can market themselves and build their brands. Review sites bring trustworthy customer feedback to the commercial-sex trade for the first time. The shift makes it look more and more like a normal service industry.

    It can also be analysed like one. We have dissected data on prices, services and personal characteristics from one big international site that hosts 190,000 profiles of female prostitutes (see article). The results show that gentlemen really do prefer blondes, who charge 11% more than brunettes. The scrawny look beloved of fashion magazines is more marketable than flab—but less so than a healthy weight. Prostitutes themselves behave like freelancers in other labour markets. They arrange tours and take bookings online, like gigging musicians. They choose which services to offer, and whether to specialise. They temp, go part-time and fit their work around child care. There is even a graduate premium that is close to that in the wider economy.''

    http://www.economist.com/news/leader...ersonalchoiuce
    2014 in Northern Ireland:

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    Nice to see a well written and balanced article that contains no hyperbole.

    Although I do love this from the comments:
    One, most prostitutes also do drugs, blackmail or rob a client if given the chance. or call the cops and accuse you of rape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddbb View Post
    Nice to see a well written and balanced article that contains no hyperbole.

    Although I do love this from the comments:
    One, most prostitutes also do drugs, blackmail or rob a client if given the chance. or call the cops and accuse you of rape.


    Strangely I've never had any of these experiences. I clearly need to get out more.
    2014 in Northern Ireland:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidontour View Post
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    Strangely I've never had any of these experiences. I clearly need to get out more.
    I can't argue with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Divine View Post
    I can't argue with that.
    You and me both honey. Not together though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidontour View Post
    You and me both honey. Not together though.
    I am too good for someone like you .... honey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Divine View Post
    I am too good for someone like you .... honey
    Sure, you could say that about any of us, hon
    Just can't give this mad shit up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Divine View Post
    I am too good for someone like you .... honey
    You keep telling yourself that honey.
    2014 in Northern Ireland:

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    Thanks David. The economist is proper journalism.

    Unfortunately its the rags that sell more!!
    "Don't be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddbb View Post
    Nice to see a well written and balanced article that contains no hyperbole.

    Although I do love this from the comments:
    One, most prostitutes also do drugs, blackmail or rob a client if given the chance. or call the cops and accuse you of rape.
    Quote Originally Posted by Davidontour View Post
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    Strangely I've never had any of these experiences. I clearly need to get out more.
    I could suggest Role Play but maybe a step or two too far?
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