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Weeping Philippine girl challenges pope on prostitution

Manila - A weeping 12-year-old Philippine girl, asking how God could allow children to become prostitutes, moved Pope Francis on Sunday to hug her and appeal for everyone to show more compassion.

Macau prostitution ring busted, tycoon's nephew arrested

Hong Kong - Police in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau have busted a major prostitution ring and arrested more than 100 people, including the nephew of gaming tycoon Stanley Ho, city authorities said Tuesday.

Canada Health body calls for legal sex-trade, health regulations

The Canadian Public Health Association released a paper Friday calling for legalized prostitution that is regulated to improve the health and lives of sex-trade workers. Current occupational health and safety regulations should be used, it said.

Public official pleads guilty to extorting sex workers

Newark - A former New Jersey public official pleaded guilty Wednesday in a U.S. district court to accepting sex workers' bribes in exchange for rubber-stamped permits and forewarning of forthcoming law enforcement activity.

Canada's sex-trade workers say new Bill C-36 endangers them

Canada's Conservative government is a step away from having their new prostitution bill became law. Bill C-36 passed its third reading in the Senate Tuesday and requires only the formality of a royal ascent. However, sex-trade workers fear the bill.

Colombia arrests 17 for child prostitution, trafficking

Estanzuela - Twelve adults and five children suspected of child sex crimes and human trafficking have been arrested in Colombia in a joint operation with the United States, officials from both countries said Tuesday.

Ex-prostitute ends long march for French bill to penalise clients

Paris - A former prostitute who walked 800 kilometres (500 miles) across France to demand that the government make good on its promise to penalise clients ended her protest march in Paris Sunday.

'Sex drive-in' hailed as a success in Switzerland

Zurich - A government-backed experiment in legal prostitution may forever change the sex industry in Switzerland, if not greater Europe.

Man calls 911 to complain stripper refused sex and gets arrested

A man in Butte, Montana hired a lap dancer but somewhere along the way he expected her to have sex with him. She refused and he got a little hot under the collar. He decided to call 911 to complain about it, naturally.

Alleged prostitute denies role in Google exec drug death

Santa Cruz - An alleged high-priced call girl accused of killing a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin and then fleeing his yacht has pleaded not guilty.

Belgian pimp ordered to rename 'DSK' brothel

Brussels - A Belgian court on Monday barred a renowned pimp from naming his latest venture "DSK", the initials of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn who filed the suit.

168 children rescued from sex trafficking op: FBI

Washington - Federal authorities conducted a sweep through more than 100 US cities and recovered 168 children from child sex trafficking, the FBI said.

Study: Many Canadians favor relaxed prostitution laws

A recent study conducted by the Canadian Department of Justice showed that 66% of people think that selling these services should not carry criminal penalties.

Former 'comfort women' demand apology from Japan

Tokyo - Six former "comfort women" joined an international activist meeting in Tokyo Saturday to demand Japan formally atone for sexual slavery in its wartime military brothels, an emotive legacy still haunting the country.

U.S. urban areas see rise in sex trafficking of children

Washington - Sex trafficking of children is growing in many urban areas of the United States, according to a survey that underscored calls for more robust action.

S. Korea, Japan hold rare 'comfort women' talks

Seoul - South Korea and Japan held rare high-level talks Wednesday on the extremely sensitive issue of wartime sex slavery, which has contributed to a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.

France opens 'pimping' probe into site

Paris - French prosecutors on Thursday opened a probe into a website that brings together older "sugar daddy" men and young women over suspicions of "organised pimping", a judicial source said.Launched in 2010, www.sugardaddy.

Hawaii cops urge lawmakers to let them have sex with prostitutes

Honolulu - Under existing Hawaiian law, it is legal for undercover police officers to have sex with prostitutes during criminal investigations, and police in the Aloha State's largest city are lobbying lawmakers to keep it that way.

New Zealand prostitute wins sex harassment claim

Wellington - A New Zealand prostitute has won substantial damages for sexual harassment by a brothel owner, with sex workers hailing the decision as a landmark ruling that shows the country as a world leader in protecting their rights.In what New Zealand media repo...

Arrests and online criticism after China prostitution exposé

Beijing - An exposé by China's state broadcaster on rampant prostitution in the country's "sex capital" Dongguan triggered a huge police operation -- as well as a surprising online backlash.More than 6,000 police officers swept through hundreds of hotels, sauna...

Prostitution museum opens in Amsterdam's red-light zone

Amsterdam - Amsterdam's red-light district opened its first "prostitution museum" on Thursday, hoping to lure tourists who always wondered what life was like for those on the other side of the infamous glass windows -- but were too afraid to ask."How do they live?

FBI rescues 16 kids forced into prostitution for Super Bowl

The Super Bowl and other big sporting events are lucrative venues for the sex trade in the U.S. There are few statistics on how much traffic increases during large sporting events, but New Jersey, like other states before them, was aware of the problem.

Mom allegedly pimps out teen daughter for Super Bowl sex

New York - Police arrested Florida mom, Yolanda Ostoloza, 39, this week for allegedly attempting to pimp out her 15-year-old daughter for Super Bowl week.

NY City officials bust drug, prostitution ring ahead of Super Bowl

A multimillion-dollar drug and prostitution ring has been busted, New York City law enforcement officials said on Thursday, as they warned Super Bowl fans to steer clear of the city's sex and narco

Ribery and Benzema cleared on underage sex charges

Paris - Frank Ribery and Karim Benzema were Thursday acquitted of charges of having sex with an under-age prostitute that have been hanging over the two France stars for four years.

World Cup in Brazil draws attention to rampant child prostitution

Recife - The World Cup will be hosted in Brazil this year, bringing a boost to the nation’s economy. However, some of the money changing hands will go to pay the more than 500,000 child prostitutes servicing the tourists and locals attending the matches.

Canada’s Supreme Court seeks change of laws on prostitution

Ottawa - Justices of Canada's Supreme Court on Friday last week voted unanimously to strike down laws on prostitution. Parliament now has one year to amend them.

Canada's Supreme Court strikes down prostitution laws

Ottawa - The Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous, nine to zero, decision struck down existing laws against prostitution. The Canadian parliament has one year to come up with new legislation, should it want any.

Prostitute posts pictures wearing UPS shirt after sex with driver

Oklahoma City - One UPS driver in Oklahoma City is wishing his company didn't have GPS tracking after a prostitute posts pictures of their sexual encounter on the Internet, wearing his uniform

Prostitution: France wants to punish clients, protect prostitutes

France wants to punish the client and protect the prostitute in dealings involving the world's oldest profession. A proposed law would be one of the toughest in Europe.
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William McDaniel, 53, called 911 when a lap dancer wouldn't have sex with him.
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Guantanamo military commission court room.
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