Date: 1997/06/23 [with some updates by Atta 1998/07/15] Archive-name: alt-sex/prostitution/faq Posting-Frequency: bi-weekly (monthly to *.answers) Last-modified: 06/22/97 ***** Welcome to Alt.Sex.Prostitution! ***** We're glad that you've found us. Please take a moment to read this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file, as it will help you understand the standard etiquette (netiquette) for this newsgroup. This file is Part 1 of 4 which will be posted every two or three weeks. The FAQ is divided into 4 parts as follows: Part 1: General information about the newsgroup and the World Sex Guide. Part 2: Questions and information about prostitution in general, plus information on fighting spam. Part 3: List of organizations that support prostitution or prostitutes or are working to decriminalize prostitution. Part 4: Suggested reading list on prostitution and prostitutes' rights. A special thanks to Ms. Margo (co-founder of alt.sex.femdom) for originating this FAQ and to AGentleMan for adding to it, shaping it, and improving it in many ways. Thanks also to Catherine La Croix of COYOTE/Seattle and Carol Leigh of the Prostitutes' Education Network for supplying additional material, and a special thanks to all of you who have made comments and suggestions. ***** What Is Alt.Sex.Prostitution? Alt.sex.prostitution was chartered as an unmoderated newsgroup intended for discussion and information exchange about all aspects of prostitution, including but not limited to the legal situation in different countries, prices, reviews of brothels, bars, clubs, massage parlors, escort services, call girls, street prostitutes, and requests for information. It was newgrouped in August 1995 to replace the dying alt.sex.services and alt.sex.brothels. If your internet provider does not carry alt.sex.prostitution you can usually get them to do so by simply making a request (you can try email to email@example.com, i.e, your internet provider address, not the words "your.site"). Meanwhile, you can also find it at Deja News (see below). This newsgroup supports prostitution and encourages efforts to decriminalize it (see definition in Part 2), but discussion of other viewpoints, including anti-prostitution viewpoints, is also welcome. The newsgroup charter also states that commercial ads are not allowed, but obviously in an unmoderated newsgroup this is impossible to enforce (efforts to discourage ads are discussed below). It will unfortunately be necessary for you to wade through the ads and spams (irrelevant cross-postings to multiple groups) to get to the good information in this newsgroup. The quickest way to do this is to look for articles with [ASP] at the beginning of the subject line. For more information, see the section on "How Can I Help Readers Find My Posts?" This is not an appropriate group for discussion of strip-clubs or phone sex, and it is not appropriate for posting of advertisements, binary files, or fiction stories. There are specialized newsgroups for these types of items (see below). ***** Where Can I Get Laid in ...(Mytown, the Place I'm Going to Visit, etc. etc.)? This is, quite naturally, the most frequently asked question in this newsgroup. The first place you should look for answers is the World Sex Guide, maintained by Atta and located at: http://worldsexguide.org The bulk of the World Sex Guide consists of a compilation of posts from this newsgroup about where to find prostitutes and at what price. The World Sex Guide is updated irregularly every two or three months when Atta has a free weekend to devote to the task. The "From" lines and the signatures are always deleted before an article is archived in the World Sex Guide. If you send something in and you specifically want your email address to be left in, please indicate this. If you specifically do not want your article archived at the web site, feel free to mention that as well. New people are encouraged to check the World Sex Guide before posting requests for information to this newsgroup. Often the information you are looking for will already be there. The World Sex Guide also contains articles giving general advice on how to deal with escorts, massage parlors, streetwalkers, etc. Such articles can be found at the beginning of the United States section and at the end of the JayHawk report. There is also some information about the legal status of prostitution around the world, and other general information about prostitution. Virtually every prostitution-related resource on the internet should be accessible from there. ***** This Is Cool! How Can I Help? Simple: Post your reports on the availability of various sexual services in your area or areas you visit. If you are a geographer and you just discovered the lay of the land, let us know. If you got ripped off, expose the rip-off artist here (it's a good way to get even). Pooling our information is, after all, the only way we get the information at all. This newsgroup is only as good as its participants. As in any form of social intercourse, politeness goes a long way. A number of people who have posted here have been swamped with semi-literate requests for more information instead of with Thank You's or, much better yet, a posting of more information. Show your appreciation for what other people post by posting what information you obtain. Information of the type being sought here often gets out of date very quickly. Please do your part by contributing regularly anything you know that would be useful to others in the group. That is the best way to help create a healthy group where you can also find the information you want. ****** How Can I Help Readers Find My Posts? Rule #1: Identify your post with [ASP]: To help differentiate the wheat from the chaff in this newsgroup, it has become standard to begin on-topic reports with [ASP] in the subject line. Using the brackets around [ASP] helps it stand out much better than using ASP without the brackets. Posts denoted in this fashion will generally float to the top or bottom of alphabetized news lists, and even if they don't they are much easier to recognize. You can also perform find searches for ASP in the subject lines. Rule #2: Identify your information requests with REQ: It has become standard in a number of newsgroups to identify requests with "REQ:", but regardless of how you do it, requests for information should always be clearly identified as requests in the subject line. Otherwise, they are more likely to irritate readers and less likely to get a reply. Readers may get irritated when they open a post that says, for example, "[ASP] Dayton outcall" in the subject line, only to find out that it is a request for information rather than a report or recommendation. Requests are welcome in the newsgroup, but they are easier to identify as such if they are denoted with "REQ:" or by other means, even just a question mark, e.g. "[ASP] Dayton request" or "[ASP] Dayton outcall?" This enables readers to identify more easily the queries that they might be able to help somebody out with. To reiterate, the following subject lines for information requests would all be appropriate, but the first one is the general standard: [ASP] REQ: Dayton, OH [ASP] Request Info on Dayton, OH [ASP] Need info on Dayton, OH [ASP] Dayton, Ohio ??? You should NOT ask for info in any of the following ways (doing so will incur the wrath of the real info providers, who will be less likely to help you out): [ASP] Info on Dayton, OH [ASP] Dayton, OH [ASP] Dayton, OH info [ASP] Hot action in Dayton, OH [ASP] Report on Dayton, OH Here are a few other suggestions: 1. If you are a sex worker or an agency wishing to announce your availability, you should make that known in the subject line. A phrase such as "escort available" will help your post stand out and differentiate it from reports and posts that don't adhere to the posting guidelines. For example, "[ASP] Dayton escort available" makes it abundantly clear what the post deals with, whereas "[ASP] Dayton escort" is a poorly phrased subject line that could be a request, a report, or a notice of availability. 2. It is generally easier to identify posts if the geographic reference is placed early in the subject line. For example, "[ASP] Dayton escort sought" jumps out more quickly than "[ASP] Escort sought in Dayton." 3. When testing anonymous posting methods (see below), use [TEST] instead of [ASP] in the header. This still makes it easier to find amidst the spam, but does not interfere with the information sources found under the [ASP] header. 4. Subject lines in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS are often ignored because they are characteristic of spam and are considered SHOUTING. Don't use all capital letters except for the [ASP] and REQ designations. 5. It is also a good idea to avoid using any words in your subject line that readers might have in their "kill files" which are used to automatically screen out some of the spam in the newsgroups. Such words could include the likes of the following: 1-800, 1-900, 011, (800), (900), $/min, WWW, nigger, homo, queer, Clinton, Newt, jpg, mpg, jpeg, avi, gif, free, phone, cum, cunt, pussy, ass, fuck, cock, crave, hole, tight, ass, slut, whore. You get the idea. One of the best spam filters is one which ignores anything that is cross-posted to five or more newsgroups (although that will eliminate this FAQ, which is posted to six newsgroups). ****** How Can I Post Anonymously? Posting anonymously is very common in the alt.sex newsgroups because people may not want their neighbors, families, co-workers, or other associates to know about their activities (or even their thoughts) on topics in these newsgroups. There are several ways to accomplish this objective, listed below. They vary in the degree of security and anonymity they offer, and it is up to you to decide what degree is sufficient for your needs. Available means of posting anonymously seem to change rapidly as remailers come and go. Anonymous remailers often bite the dust, primarily due to spam abuse. This situation is likely to continue as the internet undergoes its growing pains. This FAQ endeavors as best it can to keep up with this rapidly changing subject. If you are reading an older version of this FAQ, try to find a newer version if you have trouble posting anonymously. Note: If you want to post something anonymously, it's not a bad idea to check your method first by posting a short test message with [TEST] in the header rather than [ASP]. This message won't bother anyone because it will be lost in the spam, but you will still be able find it and see whether your method is really anonymous by looking at the article and all its headers. A common trap is to leave a signature in your post. 1. Type I anonymous remailers. One method to post anonymously to this newsgroup is to use an anonymous remailer in conjunction with a mail-to-news (mail2news) gateway. There are several such remailers, but only two gateways that I know of that will post to this newsgroup. These two gateways are <myriad.alias.net> and <newspost.zippo.com>. This method is more secure than other methods because your real email address is not kept on the remailer's computer. However, this also means that you cannot get email replies. Any of the following remailers will anonymize your message using the technique described below: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Here's how to post anonymously: 1. Put firstname.lastname@example.org in the "To:" field 2. Put the subject of your article in the "Subject:" field, for example "[ASP] Fun in Amsterdam" 3. On the first line of your message type a double colon ("::") 4. On the second line type: Anon-Post-To: alt.sex.prostitution 5. The third line should be blank 6. Start your message on the fourth line 7. Remember not to use a signature!!!!!!!!! In other words, the headers of your email should look like this: To: email@example.com Subject: [ASP] Fun in Amsterdam and the body of your email should look like this: :: Anon-Post-To: alt.sex.prostitution Hello, I'm reporting on my recent visit to Amsterdam.....(whatever) That's it! Send it off, and the nice folks at the remailer will strip off all the identifying headers and post your message to the newsgroup. You can post anonymously this way, but you will not be able to get replies by email. You can get more information about the remailers by sending a message to any of the remailers with the subject "remailer-help" (without the quotation marks). The help files you will receive are essentially identical for all of these remailers, so one such help file should be sufficient. Since remailers and gateways are subject to change and periodic down times, and since both must be operative for this to work, these methods may at times be unreliable. If your post does not appear within two days, you can assume it was lost and should try again, perhaps with another remailer or gateway. 2. Encrypted remailers. All of the remailers listed above (and others) provide greater security if you use encryption. Setting up an encrypted reply block is also possible; this allows you to receive replies to your anonymous postings. If you are concerned that the people who operate your local network read your email, then you need to use encryption. This subject is complicated and is beyond the scope of this FAQ. Updated information and links on anonymous remailers can be found at <http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~raph/remailer-list.html>. The links will lead to the necessary PGP encryption software and the optional Private Idaho software interface. The software is all free but it takes a while to master it. 3. Commercial Services. Several commercial services sell anonymous accounts to send and receive email and post to newsgroups. Be aware that you are traceable if you pay with check or credit card; in this case, all it takes to find out your identity is a bribe to someone in the company or a subpoena obtained in civil court against the company. ***** Are There Other Prostitution-Related FAQs? There is an FAQ specific to legal prostitution in Nevada (U.S.A.) maintained by Bashful and located at: http://www.paranoia.com/~bashful/ Other prostitution FAQ files, some of which are area-specific, are posted from time to time by various users, so keep your eyes open for them. These will also be added to the World Sex Guide website whenever it is updated. ***** Is Alt.Sex.Prostitution Archived Anywhere Else? Yes. All newsgroups are archived at Deja News <http://www.dejanews.com>. This is a good place to search for articles that have not yet been archived in the World Sex Guide. Go to Deja News and click on "Power Search." Then put alt.sex.prostitution in the Group(s) field, ASP in the Subject(s) field, and the country or city you are interested in in the "Search for" box. Click on Find. ***** Can I Access the World Sex Guide by email? Yes. If you don't have web access, you can still get the World Sex Guide (or any other web page) by email. All you need to know is the Uniform Resource Locator (or URL, that long ugly string starting with "http:", "gopher:", or "ftp:") which defines the address of the document, and you can retrieve it by sending email to one of the following: firstname.lastname@example.org (Japan) email@example.com (Japan) firstname.lastname@example.org (USA) email@example.com (USA) firstname.lastname@example.org (Russia ONLY) email@example.com (restricted to "developing" countries) firstname.lastname@example.org (out of service) In the body of your note include one of these lines, replacing "<URL>" with the actual URL specification. send <URL> or rsend <return-address> <URL> (to override your return address) This will send you back the document you requested, with a list of all the documents referenced within, so that you may make further requests. The URL for the World Sex Guide home page is <http://worldsexguide.org>. There are also ftp-to-email gateways. These are treated in the "How to access the Internet via email FAQ" which is posted to comp.mail.misc. ***** Do Any Sex Workers Read this Newsgroup? Yes, there are several sex workers who regularly read and sometimes post to this newsgroup. Their input is particularly valued and if you see one post, please don't swamp her mailbox with wannas (wannafucks) unless she asks for them. Sex workers are strongly encouraged to post to this group. Please feel free to post anonymously if it makes you feel more comfortable about posting here. ***** Where Can I Find Related Newsgroups? You might enjoy some of the following newsgroups as well: alt.sex.strip-clubs - Discussion of strip clubs and strippers. alt.sex.telephone - Discussion of phone sex and phone sex ads. alt.sex.femdom - Discussion of female domination (Dominatrix). alt.sex.services - A mixed bag of sex-related services. alt.sex.movies - Discussion of X-rated movies, videos, & pornstars. alt.sex.wizards - General sex questions and answers. alt.sex.safe - Safe sex questions and answers. sci.med.aids - About HIV/AIDS, mostly by medical professionals. ***** What Can I Post Here? No one runs (moderates) this newsgroup and no one can stop you from posting (even though ads are prohibited by the newsgroup charter). As a part of the alt (alternative) hierarchy this newsgroup is technically open to any and all postings. However, it is proper netiquette (net-etiquette) to keep your posts to the topic of the newsgroup. Off-topic posts are not welcome and will only irk people and will not generate interest in whatever it is you are trying to push. If your reply is directed to one specific person, please use an e-mail reply. If you are replying to a long post, please use your editor to cut the material you quote down to a manageable size. If you quote 180 lines and then add "Me too!" at the bottom you will look like a jerk. Keeping your line length to 78 characters will stop the last word of your post from wrapping around onto a new line when it's read by others. Don't post a message in ALL CAPS since that means that you're SHOUTING! This newsgroup has always been fairly friendly, so please keep flames to a minimum. If you flame someone you open yourself up to being flamed even worse. Spelling and grammar flames are inappropriate. It is information that's important, not perfect spelling. All of us make occasional typros anyway. A.O.L.-bashing is now passe. If you're flaming someone privately, keep in mind that tactics like mailbombing and forged cancels can cause you to lose your own account. If you want to complain about someone's post, send e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is preferred over filling up the newsgroup with flames about an obvious jerk. Spams (posts to many off-topic newsgroups) and posting chain letters or pyramid schemes such as Quickcash, Make Money Fast (MMF), and the Recipes scam will usually cause you to lose your account. Posts such as MMF are considered fraud and are illegal in many areas. It will also make everyone on the net hate you and think you're retarded. Don't do it. ***** Can I Post An Advertisement Here? Ads are not welcome here. Part of the reason that alt.sex.prostitution was created was to try (in vain) to escape the crush of advertisements. Several people are actively working to send letters of complaint to the Postmaster of anyone who posts commercial ads to this group. The posting of advertisements to *discussion* newsgroups is also prohibited by the providers of most services including .edu sites, .mil sites, A.O.L., Delphi, Prodigy, Compuserve, Netcom, Earthlink, The Well, and most others (check with Support or Postmaster at your site if you're unsure of your own rules). If you have something to advertise, please use the following newsgroups which are O.K. for ads: alt.sex.erotica.marketplace - General products/services for sale. alt.sex.telephone - Phone sex ads. alt.bbs.ads - BBS ads. alt.sex.magazines - Magazines for sale and wanted. alt.sex.wanted - Looking for love or just a little relaxation. Please note that many Internet services offer "kill lists" or "kill files" that allow users to automatically kill all messages from specific posters or specific sites. Therefore, if you post an ad, you are likely to end up in many kill files and then *none* of your messages will get through to anyone. ***** Can I Post a Personal Ad Here? You can, but it's a dumb thing to do. There are very few females who read this newsgroup and most of those are business Ladies. If your personal doesn't involve payment for services it belongs in alt.sex.wanted or one of the many alt.personals.* newsgroups. ***** Why Don't I See Answers to Most of the Requests for Information? Some people don't want to post publicly about their possibly illegal activities. Many of these questions are answered in private e-mail. This doesn't help everyone else reading, but that's the way it goes. If you have a specific question, post it and hope for a response. If your request is seen as too crude, you may not get a response. A poster's words are the only way readers have of judging him. A poster who can't put a sentence together with a subject and a verb in the right place, who doesn't know where the shift key is, and who doesn't know the difference between a period and the space bar, is perhaps less likely to get a response. A lot of our readers are looking out for the ladies and respect them too much to refer somebody to them who might not treat them as they should be treated. Another reason that responses might be lacking is that people get tired of responding to information requests after a while if they don't get at least a few strokes for doing so. If you put in a request for information on a particular city, and someone emails you 30 kilobytes of information that was posted a couple of weeks earlier, send that person a nice Thank You and then post an item to the group about what you were able to confirm about the information or what you found to be different. This helps keep the group going smoothly and makes it more likely that the next person will get a response as well. If you would like to respond to an information request, but don't feel comfortable doing so, please use one of the anonymous remailers (see above) to post your answer. Many of the other readers will appreciate seeing a response. ***** Where Are the Pictures/FTP Sites/ Secret Porn/Me Too/Me Too/Me Too Binary pictures can be found on-line in the alt.binaries.pictures.* newsgroups. If you can't get these newsgroups from your site then get a provider who carries them; don't whine that people should post them here. Binaries take up a lot of space on systems and in downloads of mail packets, so please be considerate and keep them in their place. Stories can be found in alt.sex.stories (basic porn) or rec.arts.erotica (literary porn). Stories can also be found in the various alt.sex.fetish.* groups that are specific to the topic of the group. Don't ask that people post the addresses of secret ftp sites of porn. If someone actually did post (which has happened), 100,000 people would try to access the site, the Sysadmin of the site would notice, and it would immediately be shut down. The best you can do is ask that someone send you one by e-mail. If you don't have one to trade you're not likely to get any takers. Postings offering lists of erotic binary sites, or adult binaries by mail, or nude binaries of famous women are all pranks or scams. The people posting these messages are either trying to see how many idiots they can get to follow-up and ask for this stuff, or are trying to get you to send them money. Be smart and don't be taken in. If someone requests something don't be one of the hundred fools posting a "Me too!" follow-up. Either write the original poster via e-mail asking for the information or wait for the information to be posted. ***** Who The Hell Are You Anyway? Starting in July of 1997, the task of maintaining this FAQ was transferred to a new person who goes by the name of "22 Rimfire". The name has no special significance; it was picked because I was the 22nd new customer on my anonymous news server. The real credit for this FAQ should go to the original author, AGentleMan. He can be reached at the following address: <AGentleMan@post1.com> (that's post"ONE" not post"L"), but please don't bother him with questions or comments about the FAQ, which should be sent to email@example.com (22 Rimfire). Don't bother asking me where to find a prostitute in your city, as I won't bother to respond. All I could do is repeat what's in this FAQ by referring you to the World Sex Guide and to the a.s.p newsgroup. If you email me, I will never reveal your identity. Why do do this' My main purpose is to spread information about how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. If you don't read any other part of this FAQ, read the section on STD's. My second purpose is because I believe that the present laws agains victimless crimes such as prostitution and drug use do more harm than good. My third purpose is to help and support sex workers, who are often harrassed by both criminals and police. Remember, always treat your sex worker with respect! Subject: [ASP] alt.sex.prostitution FAQ (2/4) Date: 1997/06/23 Archive-name: alt-sex/prostitution/issues Posting-Frequency: bi-weekly (monthly to *.answers) Last-modified: 06/22/97 ***** Welcome to Alt.Sex.Prostitution! ***** Welcome to the alt.sex.prostitution Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file. This is Part 2 of 4 parts. Part 1: General information about the newsgroup and the World Sex Guide. Part 2: Questions and information about prostitution in general, plus information on fighting spam. Part 3: List of organizations that support prostitution or prostitutes or are working to decriminalize prostitution. Part 4: Suggested reading list on prostitution and prostitutes' rights. ****** How Can I Fight Spam on A.S.P? [This article was contributed by Atta. You can also get good information about fighting spam at <http://www.kan.net/spams/>.] Most people just ignore advertising spam on our newsgroup; however, if you feel like doing a good deed and punishing the assholes a little bit, here's what you can do. Most assholes do the spamming from a regular dial up account with an Internet Service Provider; most providers nowadays have provisions against spamming in their acceptable-use policies. So the only thing we have to do is to find out the originating site and send a polite message to its postmaster. Chances are that the asshole will get his account yanked without a refund. Some more sophisticated assholes have their own domain and act as their own postmasters. In this case, we need to find out who provides the internet connectivity to them and complain to that place. Enough complaints and their net access will be cut off. First of all, you need a couple of utilities. The exact names of the programs differ from operating system to operating system, but there are freeware versions of all of them around. Look in your favorite freeware archive. 1. A newsreader that can show you all the header lines of an article, as in the example below. Chances are that your newsreader can do it already; read the documentation. If not, get another one. 2. A program that can do "whois" lookups. The whois database contains contact information (including address and telephone number) for all domains on the internet (such as superlink.net for example). 3. A traceroute program. Using traceroute, one can find out where a rogue site gets their internet connectivity from. Now let's look at a typical spam on alt.sex.prostitution, including all the header lines: =============Start of spam=============== Path: fu-berlin.de!news.nacamar.de!news-feed.inet.tele.dk!voskovec.radio.cz!news.cesnet.cz!01-newsfeed.univie.ac.at!swidir.switch.ch!nntp.coast.net!howland.erols.net!EU.net!news.sprintlink.net!news-peer..sprintlink.net!uunet!in3.uu.net!earth.superlink.net!news From: legs <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: alt.sex.erotica,alt.sex.exhibitionism,alt.sex.fetish,alt.sex.fetish.motorcycles,alt.sex.fetish.panties,alt.sex.fetish.tinygirls,alt.sex.fetish.tongue,alt.sex.gangbang,alt.sex.glory-holes.sites,alt.sex.masterbation,alt.sex.pedophilia,alt.sex.erotica.marketplace,alt.sex.telephone,alt.sex.services,alt.sex.orgy,alt.sex.erotica.market.place,alt.sex.fetish.orientals,alt.sex.girl.watchers,alt.sex.masturbation,alt.sex.prostitution,alt.sex.safe,alt.sex.strip-clubs,alt.sex.prostitution,alt.sex.brothels,alt.sex.anal,alt.sex.oral,alt.sex.pictures,alt.sex.wanted,alt.sex.first-time,alt.sex.sm.fig,alt.sex.jp,alt.sex.fetish.size,alt.sex,alt..sex.phone,alt.sex.girls,alt.sex.balls,alt.sex.breast,alt.sex.young,alt.sex.bondage,alt.sex.sgml,alt.sex.teens,alt.sex.uncut,alt.sex.voyeurism,alt.sex.wanted.models,alt.sex.watersports,alt.sex.marketplace Subject: Are You Hungry for a Hot, Wet Pussy? Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 17:25:40 -0800 Organization: TWI Lines: 3 How about a little 69 action? Satisfy your taste! Call now 1-500-677-LICK =============End of spam====================== This article was cross-posted to virtually all sex-related newsgroups as is evident from the ridiculously long Newsgroups-line. This is a common characteristic of many spams; if your newsreader allows it, you might want to configure it to automatically ignore all articles cross-posted to more than 5 groups. It is possible to fake all header lines in a usenet article (except for the Path-header to a certain extent, see below), so don't trust anything blindly. The more sophisticated the asshole, the better they can falsify headers. Most assholes are pretty dumb though. Faking the From-header is most common; almost all newsreaders allow this. So email@example.com is probably not a valid email address. We can verify this quickly using the whois program; it will tell us whether the domain hotgirls.net exists and who its administrator is. If it exists, we send a complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, since email@example.com is probably an asshole, we could follow up with a traceroute search on hotgirls.net, which would give us the exact path along which internet traffic from our site travels to hotgirls.net. The last but one site in this chain is the site that provides internet connectivity to hotgirls.net, and its postmaster is then also the proper place to complain to. (For the proper format of a complaint, see below.) The Sender and NNTP-Posting-Host headers of a usenet article are much more difficult to fake, and so we see that the asshole used netscape (=Mozilla) to post from a dial-up account on superlink.net. This is reconfirmed by the fact that the last entry in the Path header is also superlink.net. The Path header works like this: whenever a usenet article arrives at some site, the site checks whether its name already appears in the Path header. If it does, the article is discarded; if it doesn't, the site prepends its own name, followed by '!', to the Path header and forwards the article to all its usenet neighbors. In this way, the Path variable always tells us which path the article took from the source to us. (Our article above went through Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Denmark before it reached Germany; I picked it off a newsserver in Berlin. Note that this usenet path is different from the internet path gotten from traceroute.) So in our example, everything points to superlink.net. A complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org is definitely in order. What should the complaint look like? 1. Be polite. Remember, the postmaster is not the asshole. He is on our side. 2. Explain that commercial spam which is unrelated to our newsgroup's topic is not allowed on a.s.p. As proof, include the charter of a.s.p. which is contained elsewhere in this FAQ. 3. Ask them to take appropriate action against the spammer. 4. Include a copy of the spam, complete with all the headers. 5. If you were able to find out the asshole's real email address (rare), CC your complaint to them. Every once in a while, you will come across a domain where the asshole is the postmaster himself. If that is the case, don't bother to deal with them; instead, find out their upstream site using traceroute as explained above and complain to its postmaster. You can then do two things in addition: 1. http://www.vix.com/spam/ maintains a list of rogue domains which don't follow generally accepted netiquette; every site on the internet is encouraged to refuse all internet traffic originating from these domains. You can nominate the rogue domain you found for that list. 2. You can talk to your own ISP and ask them whether they would be willing to block all traffic from said rogue site. If they do, you'll never have to see any spam (email or usenet) from them again. If you see one message several times, you can do even more. The criterion is "essentially the same message" posted more than 20 times in a 45-day period (possibly to different newsgroups). This can easily be checked at http://www.dejanews.com/. In this case, make a message that has the full header (including path) of one post, plus message IDs for at least 19 others. Put in a polite request to have the spam removed, and post it to news.admin.net-abuse.usenet. Here is what will happen: First, the spam will be cancelled throughout all usenet newsgroups. Second, the "Usenet Death Penalty" will be turned on so that EVERYTHING from the spammer gets cancelled seconds after being posted. It takes 45 days with no spam attempts to shut off the UDP. One more thing: advertising a 1-900 number without giving the price per minute is a federal crime; simply forward the article to the FCC in such a case. They can find out who owns the number. ***** Where Is Prostitution Legal? It is hard to summarize this because the legal status can be complicated. In regions where prostitution is "legal," it is often only a small portion of prostitution activities that are allowed, and much or even most of it may remain criminalized. In some countries prostitution itself may be technically legal, but virtually all forms of practicing it are not (such as Italy and England). In other countries it may be technically illegal, but widely tolerated (such as Thailand and Japan). Even in places where prostitution is "legal," the restrictions on it may be such that the majority of prostitution in that area still occurs illegally. The World Sex Guide gives some details where available, but the information is incomplete and knowledgeable reports are always welcome. In North America: Prostitution is illegal in all of the U.S.A. except in Nevada, where licensed brothels are legal in counties that do not include the major cities (it is not legal in Las Vegas itself). In Canada, prostitution itself is legal, set at the federal level. It is illegal, however, to communicate in public (i.e. solicit), to work for or own or patronize a brothel, or to live off the avails or procure for the purpose of prostitution. In short, this means that only independents who take calls at home (not on a cell phone), and then go on an outcall, are not breaking any laws. (For more information on the legal situation in Canada, check the web site for SWAV, the Sex Worker's Alliance of Vancouver, at <http://www.walnet.org/swav/law/index.html>.) In Mexico, prostitution is legal in special "zones of tolerance." Cab drivers always know where these are located. Elsewhere (a sampling): At least some forms of prostitution are legal in many continental European countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands (where they even have a union). In England it is technically legal but it is not legal to solicit or to advertise, nor is it legal to run a brothel. It's legal in much of Australia, in Singapore, and in several South American countries including Brazil and Venezuela. If you are in an area where prostitution is illegal and you have any doubts as to whether the person you are dealing with might be a law enforcement officer, think with the big head instead of the little one and walk away from the situation. ***** What Is the Difference between "Legalizing" and "Decriminalizing" Prostitution? Although there is no official definition of legalized or decriminalized prostitution, most references use the term "legalization" to refer to any system that specifically allows some prostitution. Many (or most) societies that allow legal prostitution do so by giving the state control over the lives and businesses of those who work as prostitutes. Legalization often includes special taxes for prostitutes, restricting prostitutes to working in brothels or in certain zones, licenses, registration of prostitutes and government records of individual prostitutes, and health checks which have historically been used to control and stigmatize prostitutes. Prostitutes' rights organizations (e.g., COYOTE, North American Task Force on Prostitution) use the term "decriminalization" to mean the removal of laws against prostitution, in whole or in part. Decriminalization is usually used to refer to total decriminalization, that is, the total repeal of laws against consensual adult sexual activity, in both commercial and non-commercial contexts. In decriminalized systems, prostitution businesses would be regulated through civil codes (including business and labor codes, standard zoning regulations, occupational health and safety codes, etc.) just as they are applied to any other businesses, so that prostitutes and clients could conduct business either in brothels or through private arrangements if they choose. Existing criminal laws targeting abuse, coercion, etc., would also be applied in cases of violence or exploitation if associated with prostitution. A well-researched paper on the legal issues regarding prostitution can be found at <http://www.walnet.org/swav/law/sdavis.html>. It's 200Kb in size and takes a few minutes to load. The World Charter of the International Committee for Prostitutes' Rights calls for decriminalization of all aspects of adult prostitution resulting from individual decision, stating that there should be no special law which implies systematic zoning of prostitution, and that prostitutes should have the freedom to choose their place of work and residence and provide their services under conditions determined by themselves and no one else. ***** What Is the Risk of Catching HIV from Prostitutes? A medical doctor who is a regular contributor to this newsgroup has compiled a review of the medical literature on this subject, entitled "Prevalence Of HIV In Sex Workers And Risk To Customers: A Brief Review." The entire report can be found on the World Sex Guide at <http://worldsexguide.org/hiv.txt.html>. The concluding paragraph is as follows: "The results of these studies are fairly consistent and indicate the following: Outside of East Africa, the prevalence of HIV in sex workers is generally only a few percent, and not significantly different than the HIV incidence in the population as a whole. While prostitution per se is not a significant risk factor for acquiring HIV infection, i.v. drug use is, and a significant proportion of sex workers are also i.v. drug users. Men who use prostitutes do have a higher risk of acquiring HIV, but only if they have other STDs, or engage in other high risk behaviors (e.g., anal sex without a condom). If you have no STDs, use a condom, and avoid sex workers with needle marks in the arms, your risk is probably no greater than your risk of getting AIDS from your girlfriend or mistress. If you have a history of STDs, don't use a condom, and use sex workers who are known i.v. drug users...good luck!" These conclusions there are consistent with those found in the other references on HIV in the bibliography in Part 4 of this FAQ. For information on safe sex see the Safer Sex Page at <http://www.cmpharm.ucsf.edu/~troyer/safesex.html>. ***** Isn't Prostitution a Degrading and Demeaning Activity? There is nothing inherently degrading about consensual (non-coerced) adult sexual activity just because money is exchanged. It would depend on the people and circumstances involved. "Degrading" is in the eye of the beholder. Some sex workers feel they are subjecting themselves to "voluntary rape," and some enjoy their work. For many it is probably "just a job," as many other jobs are. One particularly good answer to this question comes from Norma Jean Almodovar in her book "Cop to Call Girl: Why I Left the LAPD to Make an Honest Living as a Beverly Hills Prostitute": "That really depends on the individual involved or how one views sex. It was not degrading to me because I think that sex is a positive, nurturing act, and whether it is given out of love or rendered as a service, as long as it is consensual it is still positive. I cannot fathom how one could think that making another human being feel good for a fee could be degrading or demeaning unless it is degrading to make other people feel good." Sex worker and writer Veronica Monet wrote that "the popular feminist view that a woman is degraded by a paid sex act with a man is in itself inherently sexist. If a woman can be degraded by sex, then she is a piece of property which loses value with use. A human being never loses value by engaging in a productive, profitable, and pleasurable act." ***** Are There Any Organizations that Support Prostitution/Prostitutes or Are Working to Decriminalize Prostitution? Yes, there are many such organizations and groups around the world, and they are deserving of your support. A list of these organizations is in Part 3 of this FAQ so those without web access can obtain it. It can also be found at the excellent web site run by one of these organizations, COYOTE/Seattle (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), located at: http://www.coyotesea.org Also check out the Prostitutes? Education Network web site located at: http://www.bayswan.org/penet.html At this highly recommended site you will find (among other things) the complete text of the Final Report (1996) of the government-sponsored San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution, which recommends that the city repeal all laws against prostitution and not enforce any state laws against prostitution. ***** Are There Any Suggested Readings on Prostitution and Prostitutes' Rights? Yes. These are listed in Part 4 of this FAQ (and also at the COYOTE/Seattle web site listed above). You will also find interesting readings at the other web sites mentioned in this FAQ. Remember, always treat your sex worker with respect! Subject: [ASP] alt.sex.prostitution FAQ (3/4) Date: 1997/06/23 Archive-name: alt-sex/prostitution/organizations Posting-Frequency: bi-weekly (monthly to *.answers) Last-modified: 06/22/97 ***** Welcome to Alt.Sex.Prostitution! ***** Welcome to the alt.sex.prostitution Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file. This is Part 3 of 4 parts. Part 1: General information about the newsgroup and the World Sex Guide. Part 2: Questions and information about prostitution in general, plus information on fighting spam. Part 3: List of organizations that support prostitution or prostitutes or are working to decriminalize prostitution. Part 4: Suggested reading list on prostitution and prostitutes' rights. ***** Organizations That Support Prostitution/Prostitutes Or Are Working To Decriminalize Prostitution Please note that these organizations are NOT for referrals to sex workers, especially in areas where prostitution is illegal. Don't waste your time and their's by asking. Cops ask them all the time to try to snag them for pandering. They cannot respond to such requests. These organizations' names, "snail mail" and e-mail addresses, telephone and FAX numbers change frequently due to the illegality of sex work in most countries and subsequent police harassment. A special thanks to Catherine La Croix of COYOTE/Seattle for supplying this list. Last updated 08/96. Organizations such as COYOTE are political advocacy groups and are not allowed 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status. Catherine has personally contributed about $20,000 of her own money to the cause. Donations of money or in-kind, e.g. printing, office equipment (copiers et. al.), etc., to this or other organizations below are always appreciated and helpful. *UNITED STATES* COYOTE/San Francisco (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) 2269 Chestnut Street, #452 San Francisco, California 94123 U.S.A. Phone : (415)435-7950 E-mail: email@example.com Attn: Margo St. James or Carol Stewart COYOTE/Los Angeles 1626 N. Wilcox Avenue, #580 Hollywood, California 90028 U.S.A. Phone: (818)892-1859 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Norma Jean Almodovar, Executive Director COYOTE/Seattle 16625 Redmond Way Box M-237 Redmond, Washington 98052 U.S.A. Phone-FAX-FAXBack: (206)869-9245 Catherine La Croix, Executive Director (email@example.com) COYOTE staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) Worldwide Web: http://www.coyotesea.org COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) works for the rights of all sex workers: strippers, phone operators, prostitutes, porn stars, etc. of all genders and persuasions. Supports programs to assist sex workers in their choice to change their occupation, works to prevent the scapegoating of sex workers for AIDS and other STDs, and to educate sex workers, their clients and the general public about safe sex. Note: They do NOT provide sex worker referrals. COYOTE is a member of the North American Task Force on Prostitution. CAL-PEP (California Prostitutes Education Project) 630 20th Street Suite 305 Oakland, California 94612 U.S.A. Phone: (510)874-7850 Non-profit AIDS/HIV/drug user education and prevention organization, specializing in an effort to target isolated groups of women and youth who are at high risk for HIV disease. Established in 1985 by ex-prostitutes and prostitutes' rights advocates, and maintaining a policy to employ and utilize community members. North American Task Force on Prostitution (NTFP) Post Office Box 2113 New York, New York 10025-2113 U.S.A. Attn: Priscilla Alexander Phone/FAX: (212)866-8854 E-mail: email@example.com The North American Task Force on Prostitution (NTFP) was founded in 1979, to act as an umbrella organization for prostitutes and prostitutes' rights organizations in different parts of the United States. In 1994, its scope was expanded to include organizations and individuals who support the rights of prostitutes and other sex workers. The NTFP is thus a network of sex workers, sex workers' rights organizations, and individuals and organizations that support the rights of sex workers to organize on their own behalf, work safely and without legal repression, travel without legal restrictions, have families and raise children, and enjoy the same rights, responsibilities, and privileges as other people. Affiliated organizations include: COYOTE-San Francisco, COYOTE-Los Angeles, HIRE-Atlanta, PONY-New York, SWAC-San Francisco, SWAT-Toronto, and Willing Women Workers-Minneapolis/St. Paul. The NTFP is affiliated with the International Committee for Prostitutes Rights (ICPR), based in the Netherlands, with a growing number of affiliated organizations in Europe, North and South America, Australasia, and Africa, and the Network of Sex Work Projects, based in the United Kingdom. Hooking is Real Employment (HIRE) 847 Monroe Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30308 U.S.A. Phone: (404)876-1212 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Dolores French, Executive Director Sex Workers Action Coalition (SWAC) PO Box 210256 San Francsico, CA 94121 U.S.A. Phone: (415)435-7931 E-mail: email@example.com Attn: Carol Leigh, Director P.O.N.Y. (Prostitutes Of New York) 271 Madison Avenue, #908 New York, New York 10016 U.S.A. Phone: (212)713-5678 Attn: Susan Daisy U.S. Prostitutes Collective Post Office Box 14512 San Francisco, California 94114 U.S.A. Phone: (415)626-4114 Waikiki Health Center 277 Ohua Avenue Honolulu, Hawaii 96815-3695 U.S.A. Attn: Pam Vessel *CANADA* Maggie's 298 Gerrard Street East Post Office Box 1143, Station F Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2T8 Canada Phone: (416)964-0150 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Maggie's mission is to provide education and support to assist sex workers in their efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. Maggie's produces Bad Trick Sheets, Bad Call Sheets, runs the Prostitutes' Safe Sex Project and runs a resource center for sex workers. Maggie's is incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in Ontario and receives financial contributions from the City of Toronto Department of Public Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health, Health Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and private sponsors. Maggie's is associated with the NTFP. Sex Workers Alliance of Toronto (SWAT) Post Office Box 1143, Station F Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2T8 CANADA Phone: (416)360-8461 E-mail: email@example.com Sex Workers' Alliance of Vancouver Post Office Box 3075 Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3X6 Canada Phone: (604)488-0710 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Worldwide Web: http://www.walnet.org/swav/ The Sex Workers' Alliance of Vancouver was founded in 1994 to fight for sex workers' rights to fair wages and working conditions that are safe, clean and healthy. We are people who work or have worked in the sex industry and our friends. We meet informally to develop and implement ways to make the sex trade a safer and healthier place to work. With this aim SWAV opposes any law that criminalizes work in the sex trade. Currently, SWAV publishes a Bad Calls List (a database of descriptions of violent men who pose as clients of pros who make dates over the phone), health and legal information and provides free condoms. Members are available for support for others working in the sex trade and to educate service providers about the needs of sex workers. SWAV is a member of the North American Task Force on Prostitution (NTFP), the International Committee for Prostitutes' Rights (ICPR) and the Network of Sex Work Projects. SWAV is not an agency of the government, nor does it receive any government funding. *CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA* MUSA A.C. Col. Alamos C.P. Mexico DF 03400 MEXICO Phone/FAX: 52 (56) 80-4901 Attn: Claudia Colimoro Prostitution & Civil Rights ISER Ladeira da Gloria 98 Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro 22211 BRAZIL Phone: 011-552-1-265-5747 FAX: 011-552-1-205-4796 Attn: Chris Peterson, M.D. Programma Pegacao NOSS Rua Visconde de Piraja 127/201 Ipanema Rio de Janeiro/ RJ CEP 22410-001 BRAZIL Phone: 552-1-227-5944 FAX: 011-552-1-205-5087 Attn: Paulo Longo Associacao de Prostitutas do Estato de Rio de Janeiro R Miguel de Frias 718, Estacao Rio de Janeiro, RJ BRAZIL Phone: 011-552-1-273-7991 FAX: 011-552-1-286-2657 Attn: Euridice Francisco *EUROPE* Network of Sexwork Projects 54 Bryantwood Road London N77-BE UNITED KINGDOM Phone/FAX: 44-71-609-0112 Attn: Cheryl Overs Outsiders (for disabled people) P. O. Box 4ZB London, England W1A 4ZB UNITED KINGDOM Phone: 071 739 3195 Attn: Dr. Tuppy Owens De Rode Draad (The Red Thread) Kloveniersburgwal, 47 Amsterdam NEDERLANDS Phone: 011-31-20-624-3366 FAX: 011-31-20-620-0383 Mr A. de Graaf Stichting Instituut voor Prostitutie Vraagstukken 4, Westermarkt 1016 DK Amsterdam NETHERLANDS Phone: 31-20-624-7149 31-20-620-2593 FAX: 31-20-624-6529 Attn: Jan Visser PAYOKE Zirksttraat 27 2000 Antwerpen BELGIUM FAX: 011-32-3-14 14 31 HWG Karlsruher Str. 5 60329 Frankfurt GERMANY Phone: 069/ 25 27 42 FAX: 069/ 25 03 31 Attn: Christine Drossler HYDRA Rigaer Strasse 3 10247 Berlin GERMANY Phone: 030/707-47 23 Attn: Monika Hofman Kassandra Kopernikusplatz 12 90459 Nurnberg GERMANY Phone: 0911/44 28 89 Straps & Grips c/o Aids Hilfe Herwarthstr. 2 48143 Munster GERMANY Phone: 0251/4 30 31 Cinderella Postfach 10 18 14 40009 Dusseldorf GERMANY Phone: 0211/899 65 90 Phoenix e. V Postfach 47 62 Bergmannstr. 3 30159 Hannover GERMANY Phone: 0511/1 46 46 Nitribitt Stader Str. 1 28205 Bremen GERMANY Phone: 0421/ 44 86 62 Hurenselbst-hilfe Saabrucken Forsterstr. 39 66125 Saabrucken GERMANY Phone: 0681/ 38 85-286 Hurizonte e. V Archiv und Dokumentationszentrum fur Prostitution Postfach 30 35 53 10727 Berlin GERMANY Phone: 030/218 55 16 Madonna Gusstahlstr. 34 44793 Bochum GERMANY Phone: 0234/68 57 50 FAX: 0234/68 57 50 Nutten & Nuttchen Fredericiastr. 14 14059 Berlin GERMANY Phone: 030/ 302 22 53 Attn: Barbara Merzinger Caf'e Sperre Schillerstr. 69 34117 Kassel GERMANY Phone: 0561/ 770 775 Bathseba Steinwegpassage 42 A 38100 Braunschweig GERMANY Phone: 0531/ 4 44 71 Callboy's Organizations (Germany) Querstrich Auguststr. 84 10117 Berlin GERMANY Phone: 090/ 208 74 19 Strichweise Heiter c/o Basisprojekt Hamburg St. Georg-Kirchhof 26 2009 Hamburg GERMANY Phone: 040/24 96 94 FAX: 040/280 26 73 Comitato per i Diritti Civili delle Prostitute Casella Postal 67 33170 Pordenone ITALY Phone: 011-0434/ 640563 FAX: 0434 640563 Attn: Pia Covre Scot-PEP 21A Torphican Street Edinburgh EH3 8HX SCOTLAND Phone: 011-44-31-229-8269 FAX: 44-31-228-2563 Attn: Ruth Morgan Thomas Aspasie 10 r. Charles Cusin Geneva SWITZERLAND Phone: 011-41-22-732-6828 Attn: Mireille Rodeville Centre de Documentation International sur la Prostitution 24, rue Neuchatel 1201 Geneva SWITZERLAND Phone: 41-22-732-8276 Attn: Griselidis Real Xenia Mauerain 1 3012 Bern SWITZERLAND Phone: 011-41-31-24 34 42 *AUSTRALASIA* Action for REACH OUT Post Office Box 98108 T.S.T. Post Office Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon HONG KONG Phone: 110-9318 call 392 FAX: 852-2782-0583 EMPOWER National Office 57/60 Tivanont Road Nonthburi 11000 THAILAND Phone: 011-66-2-526-8311 Attn: Chantipwa (Noi) Apisuk Scarlet Alliance Post Office Box 811 Fyshwick 2609 Australian Central Territories AUSTRALIA Phone: (06) 239-1213 FAX: (06) 239-1196 ACT (WISE) Workers in Sex Employment Post Office Box 811 Fyshwick 2609 Australian Central Territories AUSTRALIA Phone: (06) 239-2905 FAX: (06) 280-5393 S.W.O.P. Sex Workers Outreach Project Post Office Box 1453 Darlinghurst 2010 New South Wales AUSTRALIA Phone: (02) 212 2600 FAX: (02) 212 3978 SQWISI (Self Help for Queensland Workers in the Sex Industry) Post Office Box 689 West End Q4101 Queensland AUSTRALIA Phone/FAX: (07) 844 4565 The Australian National University Department of Human Geography Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies Canberry 0200 Australian Central Territories AUSTRALIA Attn: Alison Murray New Zealand Prostitutes Collective Post Office Box 11-412 Manners Street Wellington NEW ZEALAND Phone: (04) 382-8791 FAX: (04) 801-5690 Attn: Catherine Healy New Zealand Prostitutes Collective Post Office Box 13-561 Christchurch NEW ZEALAND Phone: (03) 365- 2595 New Zealand Prostitutes Collective Post Office Box 6407 Dunedin NEW ZEALAND Phone: (03) 477-6988 FAX: (03) 477-3863 New Zealand Prostitutes Collective Post Office Box 68509 Newton, Auckland NEW ZEALAND Phone/FAX: (09) 366-6106 Attn: Roxanne Henare Remember, always treat your sex worker with respect! Subject: [ASP] alt.sex.prostitution FAQ (4/4) Date: 1997/06/23 Archive-name: alt-sex/prostitution/bibliography Posting-Frequency: bi-weekly (monthly to *.answers) Last-modified: 06/22/97 ***** Welcome to Alt.Sex.Prostitution! ***** Welcome to the alt.sex.prostitution Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file. This is Part 4 of 4 parts. Part 1: General information about the newsgroup and the World Sex Guide. Part 2: Questions and information about prostitution in general, plus information on fighting spam. Part 3: List of organizations that support prostitution or prostitutes or are working to decriminalize prostitution. Part 4: Suggested reading list on prostitution and prostitutes' rights. ***** Suggested Reading on Prostitution and Prostitutes' Rights A sincere thanks to Priscilla Alexander of the North American Task Force on Prostitution (NTFP) and to Catherine La Croix of COYOTE/Seattle for providing the following list. Some of the publications are now out of print but most are available in larger metropolitan and university libraries. Whorezine Order From: Blowfish email@example.com http://www.blowfish.com/ A magazine devoted to prostitutes and their concerns. It is an excellent resource by and for sex workers, and simpatico customers. **Sex Work: The Voices of Experience** Almodovar, Norma Jean, Cop to Call Girl: Why I Left the LAPD to Make an Honest Living as a Beverly Hills Prostitute. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. Barrows, Sydney Biddle, with William Novak, Mayflower Madam. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986. Bell, Laurie (ed.), Good Girls/Bad Girls: Feminists and Sex Trade Workers Face to Face. Seattle: The Seal Press, 1987. Delacoste, Frederique and Priscilla Alexander (eds.), Sex Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 1987. London: Virago Press, 1988. Translations: German: Sex Arbeit. Heyne Verlag, 1989. Includes Priscilla Alexander, "Prostitution: A Difficult Issue for Feminists," and "Prostitutes are being Scapegoated for Heterosexual AIDS." French, Dolores and Linda Lee, Working: My Life as a Prostitute. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1988. Atlanta's most famous whore and founder of HIRE (Hooking Is Real Employment) shares her life in the Life. Jaget, Claude (ed.), Prostitutes, Our Life. London: Falling Wall Press, 1980. Translated by Anne Furse, Suzie Fleming, and Ruth Hall. Kimball, Nell, Nell Kimball: Her Life as an American Madam. Edited by Stephen Longstreet. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1970. Pithy, acerbic and practical from a woman who knew how to run a house...and run it well. La Croix, Catherine, "Don't Hate Me Because I'm a Whore: After All, Some of My Best Friends Are Feminists," Dinur, Esty (guest ed.), Feminist Voices, Volume VIII, No. 7. Discusses the tendency of many right-wing feminists to attempt exclusion of female sex workers from the women's movement by pathologizing and patronizing them and their choices. Leigh, Carol (ed.), "In Defense of Prostitution: Prostitutes debate their 'choice' of profession," Gauntlet, Vol. I, No. 7. A special issue devoted to sex work in the United States. Includes articles about AIDS, police corruption, working conditions, and covers both prostitution and pornography. The contributors include sex workers, sociologists, sex radicals, and others. Madeleine: an Autobiography. New York: Persea Books, 1986. Introduction to the 1919 Edition by Judge Ben B. Lindsey; new introduction by Marcia Carlisle. McClintock, Anne (guest ed.), Social Text, Winter 1993, Number 37. A special issue devoted to sex work issues. Includes articles covering such issues as stigma, feminism, and power relations, written by sex workers, clients, sociologists, psychologists. Morgan Thomas, Ruth, "HIV and the Sex Industry," Judy Bury, Val Morrison & Sheena McLachlan (eds.), Working with Women & AIDS: Medical, Social & Counseling Issues. London: Tavistock/Routledge, 1992. Perkins, Roberta, Working Girls: Prostitutes, their Life and Social Control. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, 1991. Perkins, Roberta, Bennett G, Being a Prostitute: Prostitute women and prostitute men. Boston: Allen & Unwin, Inc., 1985. Pheterson, G (ed.), A Vindication of the Rights of Whores. Seattle: Seal Press, 1989. Translations: Nosotros, Las Putas. Madrid: Talasa Ediciones, 1992. Includes the proceedings of the Second World Whores Congress held in Brussels, Belgium, in 1986. Roberts, Nickie, Whores in History: Prostitution in Western Society. London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1992. This book, the first of its kind, is written by a former sex worker; as such, it offers a unique perspective on the historical record, quite different in tone from other books on the subject. Rosen, Ruth and Sue Davidson, The Mamie Papers. Old Westbury, NY: The Feminist Press, 1977. **Sex Work: The Voices of Observation** Barnhart, Jacqueline Baker, The Fair but Frail: Prostitution in San Francisco 1849-1900. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1986. Bassermann, Lujo, The Oldest Profession: A History of Prostitution. Translated from the German by James Cleugh. New York: Dorset Press, 1965, 1967. Bell, Shannon, Reading, Writing & Rewriting the Prostitute Body. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994. Bristow, Edward J., Prostitution and Prejudice: The Jewish Fight against White Slavery 1870-1939. New York: Schocken Books, 1983. Bullough, Vern and Bonnie Bullough, Women and Prostitution: A Social History. Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1987. Butler, Anne M., Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West 1865-90. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1985. Carlton, Charles, Royal Mistresses. London: Routledge, 1990. Carmen, Moody, Working Women: The Subterranean World of Street Prostitution. New York: Harper & Row, 1985. Cohen, B, Deviant Street Networks: Prostitution in New York City. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1980. Connelly, Mark Thomas, The Response to Prostitution in the Progressive Era. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1980. Davis, Nanette J. (ed.), Prostitution, An International Handbook on Trends, Problems, and Policies. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1993. Davis, Sylvia (with Marcia Shaffer), "Prostitution in Canada: The Invisible Menace or the Menace of Invisibility?" 1994. Excellent paper on decriminalization. Available on the World Wide Web at <http://www.walnet.org/swav/law/sdavis.html>. D'Emilio, John D., and Estelle B. Freedman, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America. New York: Harper & Row, 1988. Finnegan, Frances, Poverty and Prostitution: A study of Victorian prostitutes in York. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979. Gilfoyle, Timothy J., City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992. Goldman, Marion S., Gold Diggers and Silver Miners: Prostitution and Social Life on the Comstock Lode. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1981. Hill, Marilyn Wood, Their Sisters' Keepers: Prostitution in New York City, 1830-1870. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. Hobson, Barbara Meil, Uneasy Virtue: The Politics of Prostitution and the American Reform Tradition. New York: Basic Books, 1987. Jenness, Valerie, Making It Work: The Prostitutes' Rights Movement in Perspective. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1993. Kasindorf, Jeanie, The Nye County Brothel Wars. New York: Linden Press, 1985. Fascinating history of the famous Chicken Ranch in southern Nevada. Lerner, Gerda, The Creation of Patriarchy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. See the chapter, "Veiling the Woman." Miller, E. M., Street Woman. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986. Neave, M., "The Failure of Prostitution Law Reform," Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 21, (1988). Otis, Leah Lydia, Prostitution and Medieval Society: The History of an Urban Institution in Languedoc. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1985. Pearl, Julie, "The Highest Paying Customers: America's Cities and the Costs of Prostitution Control," The Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 4, April 1987, p. 769-800. Perry, Mary Elizabeth, Crime and Society in Early Modern Seville. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1980. See the chapter, "Lost Women." Pomeroy, Sarah B., Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity. New York: Schocken Books, 1975. Quigley, J., "The Dilemma of Prostitution Law Reform: Lessons From the Soviet Russian Experiment," American Criminal Law Review, 29 (1992). Richards, Jeffrey, Sex, Dissidence and Damnation: Minority Groups in the Middle Ages. London: Routledge, 1990. See especially Chapter 6: "Prostitutes." Rosen, Ruth, The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America 1900-1918. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982. Rossiaud, Jacques, Medieval Prostitution. Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984, 1988. Scibelli, P., "Empowering Prostitutes: A Proposal for International Legal Reform," Harvard Women's Law Journal, 10 (1987). Taylor, Allegra, Prostitution: What's Love Got to Do with It? London: Optima, Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1991. Sallie Tisdale, Talk Dirty to Me: An Intimate Philosophy of Sex. Doubleday, 1994. Vogliotti, Gabriel R., The Girls of Nevada. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press, 1975. Includes a history of prostitution in Nevada (not a guidebook). Walkowitz, Judith R., City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1992. **Sex Work in Developing Countries: AFRICA** Africa Hall, Laurel Meredith, "'Night Life' in Kenya," in Gail Pheterson (ed), A Vindication of the Rights of Whores. Seattle: Seal Press, 1989. Moodie, T. Dunbar (with Vivienne Ndatshe and British Sibuyi), "Migrancy and Male Sexuality on the South African Gold Mines," in Martin Bauml Duberman, Martha Vicinius, and George Chauncey, Jr. (eds), Hidden from History: Reclaiming the gay and lesbian past. New York: New American Library, 1989. Neequaye, Alfred, "Prostitution in Accra," in Martin Plant (ed), AIDS, Drugs, and Prostitution. London: Tavistock Publications, 1987. Nelson, Nici, "'Selling her Kiosk': Kikuyu notions of sexuality and sex for sale in Mathare Valley, Kenya,:" in Pat Caplan (ed), The Cultural Construction of Sexuality. London: Tavistock Publications, 1987. Oostenk, Annemiek, "A Visit to Burkina Faso," in Gail Pheterson (ed), A Vindication of the Rights of Whores. Seattle: Seal Press, 1989. Pickering, Helen, et al., "Prostitutes and their Clients: A Gambian survey," Soc. Sci. Med., Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 75-88, 1992. Tabet, Paola, "I'm the Meat, I'm the Knife: Sexual Service, Migration, and Repression in Some African Societies," in Gail Pheterson (ed), A Vindication of the Rights of Whores. Seattle: Seal Press, 1989. White, Luise, The Comforts of Home: Prostitution in Colonial Nairobi. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1990. White, Luise, "Prostitution, Identity, and Class Consciousness during World War II," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 11,2 (1986), pp. 255-73. Wilson, David, et al., "A Pilot Study for an HIV Prevention Programme among Commercial Sex Workers in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe," Soc. Sci. Med., Vol. 31, No. 5, pp. 609-618, 1990. **Sex Work in Developing Countries: ASIA** Asia Watch and The Women's Rights Project, A Modern Form of Slavery: Trafficking of Burmese Women and Girls into Brothels in Thailand. New York: Human Rights Watch, 1993. Desquitado, Marivic R., Behind the Shadows: Towards a better understanding of prostituted women. Davao City: Talikala, Inc., 1992. Published by a community organizing project in Davao City, the Philippines. The project was formed by a group that included social workers and prostitutes. Enloe, Cynthia, Bananas, Beaches & Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. London: Pandora Press, 1989. See the chapters, "On the Beach: Sexism and Tourism," and "Base Women." Enloe, Cynthia, Does Khaki Become You? The Militarisation of Women's Lives. Boston: South End Press, 1983. See the chapters, "The Military Needs Camp Followers" and "The Militarisation of Prostitution." Gronewold, Sue, Beautiful Merchandise: Prostitution in China 1860-1936. New York: Harrington Park Press, 1985. Haeri, Shahla, Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage in Shi'i Iran. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1989. Kapur, Promilla, The Indian Call Girls. New Delhi: Orient Paperbacks, 1979. This book comes with an insert that says, "This book has now been exonerated from obscenity charge by Delhi High Court." Nanda, Serena, Neither Man Nor Woman: The Hijras of India. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1990. Odzer, Cleo, Patpong sisters: An American Woman's View of the Bangkok Sex World. New York: Blue Moon Books/Arcade Publishing, 1994. Phongpaichit, Pasuk, From Peasant Girls to Bangkok Masseuses. Geneva: International Labour Office, 1982. Raghuramaiah, K. Lakshmi, Night Birds: Indian Prostitutes from Devadasis to Call Girls. Delhi: Chankya Publications, 1991. Sturdevant, Saundra Pollack, & Stoltzfus, Brenda, Let the Good Times Roll: Prostitution and the U.S. Military in Asia. New York: The New Press, 1992. Thorbek, Suzanne, Voices from the City: Women of Bangkok. London: Zed Books, 1987. Truong, Thanh-Dam, Sex, Money and Morality: Prostitution and tourism in South-east Asia. London: Zed Books, 1990. Truong, Thanh-Dam, Virtue, Order, Health and Money: Towards a comprehensive perspective on female prostitution in Asia. Bangkok: United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 1986. **Sex Work: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (HIV) and Working Conditions** Alexander, Priscilla, Making Sex Work Safer: A guide to HIV/AIDS Prevention Interventions. Geneva: World Health Organization, Global Programme on AIDS (in press). Alexander, Priscilla, "Prostitutes are being Scapegoated for AIDS," in Delacoste, Frederique and Priscilla Alexander (eds.), Sex Work: Writings by women in the sex industry. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 1987. London: Virago Press, 1988. Translations: German: Sex Arbeit. Heyne Verlag, 1989. Alexander, Priscilla, "Sex Workers Fight Against AIDS: An International Perspective," in Beth E. Schneider and Nancy Stoller (eds.), Women Resisting AIDS: Strategies of Empowerment. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994. Brandt, Allan M., No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States since 1880. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985 (Paperback, 1987). Brandt, Allan M., "A Historical Perspective," in Harlon L. Dalton and Scott Burris (eds.), AIDS and the Law: A Guide for the Public. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. Brandt, Allan M., "AIDS: From Social History to Social Policy," in Elizabeth Fee and Daniel M. Fox (eds.), AIDS: The Burdens of History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Cohen, Judith B., Priscilla Alexander, and Constance Wofsy, "Prostitutes and AIDS: Public Policy Issues," AIDS & Public Policy Journal, 3:2, 1988, pp. 16-22. Cohen, Judith B. and Priscilla Alexander, "Female Prostitutes: Scapegoats in the AIDS Epidemic," in Ann O'Leary and Loretta Sweet Jemmott (eds.), Women and AIDS: Primary Prevention. New York: Plenum Press (in press). Davenport-Hines, Richard, Sex, Death and Punishment: Attitudes to sex and sexuality in Britain since the Renaissance. London: Fontana Press/HarperCollins, 1990. Gibson, Mary, Prostitution and the State in Italy, 1860-1915. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1986. Harsin, Jill, Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth Century Paris. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985. Hyam, Ronald, Empire and Sexuality: The British Experience. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Mahood, Linda, The Magdalenes: Prostitution in the Nineteenth Century. London: Routledge, 1990. Scotland, contemporaneous with the Contagious Diseases Acts in England. Mort, Frank, Dangerous Sexualities: Medico-Moral Politics in England since 1830. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987. Plant, Martin (ed.), AIDS, Drugs, and Prostitution. London: Tavistock/Routledge, 1990. A series of papers on the epidemiology of HIV infection among prostitutes and the impact of AIDS prevention and community organizing interventions in Europe, the United States, Australia, and Africa. Rosenberg, Michael J., "Prostitutes and AIDS: A Health Department Priority?" American Journal of Public Health, April 1988, 78:4, pp. 418-423. Quetel, Claude, History of Syphilis. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990. Translated by Judith Braddock and Brian Pike, originally Le Mal de Naples: histoire de la syphilis, Paris: Editions Seghers, 1986. Walkowitz, Judith R., Prostitution and Victorian Society: Women, Class, and the State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980. Remember, always treat your sex worker with respect!
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