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Green light for Amsterdam's red light district after virus shutdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:22 PM

The Netherlands ordered all brothels closed in mid-March and had originally planned to keep them shut until September, but decides to bring the date forward as COVID-19 cases dropped

REOPENS. People walk in the red light district of Amsterdam on July 1, 2020, as Dutch brothels reopened today after a long coronavirus shutdown, with sex workers and clients having to observe new rules to prevent COVID-19 infection. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Nowhere to run: Why some abused sex workers don’t want cops’ help

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Part 2: Even as sex workers or prostituted women claim they experience systematic abuse from the police, they are blamed when they are raped and told ‘it’s part of the job anyway’

[PODCAST] Making Space: Some sex workers think they don't need saving

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:23 PM

Rappler explores the less popular but equally true discourse that sex workers sometimes engage in this activity on their own accord, and so they don’t consider informing authorities about it is in their best interest

Sex workers' hands tied under coronavirus lockdowns

May 28, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'If someone gets sick in my dungeon, you know I am not insured for that,' says professional dominatrix Madame Caramel

DUNGEON. A view of one of the rooms at the Hoxton Dungeon suite, a BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) apartment in central London on May 23, 2020. Photo by Elizaveta Malykhina/AFP

PNP urges prostituted women to name police abusers

May 22, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Top cop General Archie Gamboa also urges the public to avoid 'generalization' of the entire police force as sexual predators

DISAPPOINTED. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa at a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Saving child sex workers

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:00 PM

An estimated 60,000 children are currently trapped in sexual exploitation in the Philippines. From Manila, a group of foreign and local operatives are working to save them.

Rescued victims are led back to police headquarters in Quezon City after being rescued from a condominium complex in Marakina City on December 5. 2019.

China bans 'custody and education' punishment for sex workers

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:28 PM

'Sex workers are subjected to police violence – forced labour, compulsory testing for sexually transmitted disease... [and] humiliation and physical violence at these centers,' says Shen Tingting of non-government organization Asia Catalyst

Sex workers give red light to leaving famed Amsterdam district

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The Dutch capital's first female mayor has vowed to clean up the notorious red light district, but sex workers say they won't move

RED LIGHT DISTRICT. In this file photo taken on December 8, 2008, a prostitute waits for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam. Photo by Anoek De Groot/AFP

#PTGF: the online world of Hong Kong's young sex workers

May 31, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The label "part-time girlfriend" is a euphemism often used by young women in Hong Kong who may be studying or have jobs, but who also offer sex on the side

Sex trafficking: Taiwanese police find Indonesian, Filipina women trapped in small dorm

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:33 PM

A Taiwanese man and his Filipina wife were apprehended for forcing 10 Southeast Asian women to become sex workers

TRAFFICKED. 10 Southeast Asian women were forced to become sex workers by a couple in Taiwan. Photo from Kaohsiung City Police

Woman murdered after calling her sexual partner 'King Kong' in bed

Jul 16, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Another woman is killed in a separate incident for refusing a second round of sexual intercourse

Indonesia plans to close all red-light districts by 2019

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Prostitution can never be erased from the Earth but we must try to stop it corrupting our youth

HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Millions of women fall victim to human trafficking worldwide, with the Philippines as a source of prostitution and forced labor victims. File photo from Newsbreak

[Dash of SAS] ​​MassageBoyXX's happy ending

Dec 07, 2015 - 2:13 PM

For Arvin a former male masseur the key to success is about giving the best service possible

[Dash of SAS] Brokering intimacy

Oct 28, 2015 - 3:23 PM

It is not sex that she is selling it is intimacy she is brokering Read this young freelance sex worker s story

[Dash of SAS] What regulated sex looks like

Sep 30, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Sex work is legal and a highly regulated industry in Melbourne Australia Can you imagine it?

Indonesian man admits to murder: ‘She said I smelled bad’

Apr 15, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The suspect told Jakarta Police the victim was covering her nose while they were having sex

VICTIM. Deudeuh Alfi Sahrin, also known as Tata, was found dead in her South Jakarta apartment on April 11. Photo from her Twitter account.

US warns agents not to consort with prostitutes

Apr 11, 2015 - 1:09 PM

A memo from the US Justice Department warns government staff not to hire sex workers even if deployed in countries or regions where such behavior is legal or tolerated

HIV in 6 PH cities may reach 'uncontrollable' rates – DOH

Apr 10, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Among the 6 cities exceeding the national HIV prevalence rate of 3 5 among males who have sex with males MSM Caloocan City is the most problematic

New HIV cases in PH hit all-time high – DOH

Apr 09, 2015 - 3:14 PM

With 646 cases recorded in February 2015, the Philippines now has 21 new infections every day

Why punish prostitutes and not customers and pimps?

Mar 12, 2015 - 10:00 AM

When hip writers talk about prostitution even pornography as simply work or as free expression of sexuality they miss the reality of patriarchy

Fear stalks Indonesian, Filipino sex workers after HK murders

Nov 05, 2014 - 2:11 PM

Every time I look at pictures of the 2 girls who were killed I keep thinking that could have been any of us It could have been me a Filipina worker says

WANCHAI DISTRICT. Once a den of vice and violence, a notorious playground of British and US sailors, Wanchai in Hong Kong is now a thriving commercial district filled with offices and trendy restaurants. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Oct 8, 2014

Oct 08, 2014 - 11:36 AM

Losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s scores another win in the assembly and Jakarta’s plan to finance the 2018 Asian Games lead our wrap of stories from Indonesia

A DOUBLE LIFE. Marcus Volke had worked as male prostitute in Australia and Denmark, not a chef as previously reported. Photo from Facebook

Legalizing sex work would slash HIV toll – study

Jul 23, 2014 - 11:44 AM

Study: Scrapping laws that ban sex work would slash the number of HIV infections over the next decade

TIME TO COVER UP. Indonesian sex workers cover their faces as military police accompanied by journalists conduct patrols to prevent soldiers and police from patronizing Surabaya city's red light district popularly known as Dolly. Surabaya’s crusading new mayor has pledged to shut down the area by June 18. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Ukraine's sex industry bets on Euro 2012

May 30, 2012 - 2:25 PM

Kiev s prostitutes are preparing actively for Euro 2012 one Ukrainian sex site said