Tag Archives: sex trades

When Bad Sex Work Drives out the Good

I was on train last Sunday night traveling through Brussels when my 12-year-old son looked out the window and excitedly proclaimed, “They have a red light district!” He was right; the street runniAdd Newng parallel to the train tracks was lined with women in their Christmas-box windows beckoning travelers off the train to come and […]

What it Means To Be a Lady in the Living Room and a Whore in the Bedroom

New Jersey Senate candidate Phil Mitsch lost his Republican Party support last week over a tweet in which he shared “good advice” for wives telling them to be “a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom”. I think Mr. Mitsch has perhaps lost touch with what it means to be a […]

Would you confess to visiting a sex worker?

I don’t think I have ever told you about the time that a man I was seeing felt the need to confess to me about many years of regular prostitute use. He called me, in the middle of the day, and admitted to having had visited with sex workers several times a month for nearly […]

“Holiday Romances” for Female Sex Tourists

Earlier this week we talked about whether or not a brothel for women would be profitable. In that post, I argued that it is men’s willingness to engage in sex with strangers—and love of variety in sexual partners—that fuels the world sex trade, while women’s preference for fewer sexual partners and sex within a relationship made […]

Why a “Brothel for Women” Is a Bad Business Model

A former New Zealand Member of Parliament is setting out on a new business venture that she feels will be very popular—a brothel for women. She has even done her “research” to see if demand exists for this service and found that over one-in-four women say they would hire a male sex worker. It is […]

The Market Price of Risky Sex

An advocate for sex-trade workers in Halifax, where I live, tells me that there is no market at all for unprotected sex in the city: one hundred percent of transactions in the sex trade here is sex with a condom. As any good economics student will tell you, a market clears at the point at […]

Prostitution Paradox: Regulating Brothels Can Spread Disease

Prostitution, very narrowly defined, is not a criminal act in my country, Canada. If we are in a private home and I want to charge you for sex and no one is else is profiting, the state has nothing to say on that.