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Italian convicted of supplying prostitutes to Berlusconi

Rome - A former Italian businessman was Friday sentenced to seven years and 10 months in prison for paying prostitutes to join parties with former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Double Dutch barred in Amsterdam brothels

Luxembourg - The EU's top court ruled Thursday that Dutch brothel owners must share a language with the sex workers who display their wares in the shop windows of Amsterdam's notorious red-light district.

'Brothel' cabarets thrive in breakaway Cyprus statelet

Nicosia - A white stretch limousine pulls up outside a northern Nicosia hospital to drop off cabaret girls for their monthly HIV test, in a breakaway statelet where officially prostitution is illegal.

Sweden urges Amnesty to learn from its prostitution laws

Stockholm - Sweden is urging Amnesty International to study its pioneering prostitution law, amid disappointment over the human rights group's vote to back the decriminalisation of the sex trade, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said.

Amnesty votes on whether to back decriminalising sex trade

Dublin - Amnesty International was going through a fraught vote Tuesday on whether the human rights organisation should back decriminalising prostitution, following a heated debate on the divisive issue.

Man arrested for soliciting a prostitute with his son

Pittsburgh - A Pittsburgh man was arrested over the weekend and charged with drug possession and child endangering after he allegedly solicited a sex worker with seven-year-old child in the vehicle.

Turkey swinger suspects risk up to 177 years in jail

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors have demanded jail sentences of up to 177 years for 29 people in the southeastern province of Adana suspected of setting up swingers' clubs, local media reported Monday.

Lord Sewel exposed in 'drugs and prostitutes' romp

London - A senior member of Britain's House of Lords responsible for upholding standards was facing calls to quit the chamber Monday after he was filmed allegedly snorting drugs off a prostitute's breasts.

'Dodo the Pimp' cleared of providing prostitutes for DSK parties

Lille - A French court acquitted Friday the owner of a string of Belgian bordellos nicknamed "Dodo the Pimp", who was accused of providing prostitutes at sex parties attended by ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

French court acquits Strauss-Kahn of pimping charges

Lille - A French court acquitted former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of pimping charges on Friday, drawing a line under four years of legal woes over his sexual escapades that torpedoed his career.

Pimp or libertine? Strauss-Kahn to hear verdict in French trial

Lille - A French court will rule Friday on whether ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is guilty of pimping charges after a trial which exposed lurid details of champagne-fuelled orgies and prostitution.

Spanish police dismantle voodoo-linked sex trafficking ring

Madrid - Spanish police said Monday they had dismantled a trafficking ring they said used voodoo rituals -- including animal sacrifice -- to force Nigerian women into prostitution in Spain.

Turkish police crack down on swinger clubs

Ankara - Turkish police have arrested dozens of people on suspicion of pimping and prostitution after raiding swinger clubs in several cities, the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday.

Nicaragua prostitutes study law to help others in trouble

Matagalpa - Cony's usual work clothes are tight-fitting outfits that show off her curves as she waits for clients at the bar.

French senate rejects law punishing prostitutes' clients

Paris - France's upper house of parliament rejected a draft law Tuesday penalising clients of prostitution, as the country wrestles with how to legislate the world's oldest profession.

French lawmakers debate punishing prostitutes or clients

Paris - French senators will on Monday debate whether the law should punish prostitutes or their clients, as France resumes a divisive discussion on how to crack down on the world's oldest profession.

Verdict in Strauss-Kahn case set for June 12: Court

Lille - Dominique Strauss-Kahn will learn his fate on June 12, a French court said on Friday, as the former IMF chief's trial for aggravated pimping wrapped up.

Strauss-Kahn lawyer says pimping case has 'collapsed'

Paris - The pimping case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has "collapsed", a lawyer for the former IMF chief said Wednesday, summing up a trial which has exposed the most intimate details of his client's sex life.

Prosecutor calls for Strauss-Kahn acquittal in pimping trial

Lille - A French prosecutor on Tuesday called for Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be acquitted of pimping charges in a trial which has seen lurid details of the former IMF chief's sex life exposed in court.

Prosecutors sum up in DSK pimping trial

Lille - Dominique Strauss-Kahn will on Tuesday hear what punishment, if any, prosecutors seek against him on pimping charges, after two ex-prostitutes dropped a civil suit against the former IMF chief.

Ex-prostitutes drop civil action against DSK in pimping trial

Lille - Two ex-prostitutes on Monday dropped a civil suit against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn who is standing trial for pimping in France, their lawyer said.

Sex and power, an age-old heady combination

Paris - From Caesar to Napoleon, John F. Kennedy to Silvio Berlusconi, Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, history is full of anecdotes about the sexual antics of politicians and world leaders.

Fear, shame: Prostitutes face uphill struggle to testify in court

Paris - She was sold off 12 times in 10 years by pimps, but when a young Serbian sex worker testified in a French court, defence lawyers told her not to "exaggerate".

Strauss-Kahn denies knowledge of prostitutes at sex parties

Lille - Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday denied knowing the women he had orgies with were prostitutes and said paying for sex would be too great a risk for a man who was head of the International Monetary Fund.

Ex-prostitute recalls the hell of Belgian brothels

Paris - Carole was drugged, raped by three men, filmed and threatened at the outset of her three-year descent into the hell of prostitution -- a form of "modern-day slavery" she eventually managed to escape.

French pimping trial moves closer to Strauss-Kahn

Lille - A former prostitute told a French court Monday she was handpicked to take part in a sex party with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a day before the ex-IMF chief was to take the stand in an explosive pimping trial.

Eternal City gives green light to red light zone

Rome - Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said Saturday as Church and other opponents attacked the move.

Strauss-Kahn unaware of prostitutes says pimp trial businessman

Lille - An explosive pimping trial in northern France zoned in on its most high-profile protagonist Dominique Strauss-Kahn Friday, with a local businessman saying the former IMF chief was unaware their orgies involved prostitutes.

'Dodo the Pimp', key to Strauss-Kahn case, says he's not a pimp

Lille - The man nicknamed Dodo the Mackerel, the French slang for pimp, denied being a pimp when he gave evidence on Thursday in the case of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, himself accused of procuring women.

Ex-prostitute in DSK trial says vice ring introduced her to 'public figure'

Lille - An ex-prostitute testified Tuesday in a French pimping trial involving former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn that a vice ring had introduced her to "a public figure".
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