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Europe watchdog questions Azerbaijan over fears of LGBT crackdown

Bakou - A European rights watchdog on Monday expressed concern over a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan last month of people who made "offers of sexual services" that human rights groups say targets the Muslim country's gay community.

German hip hop 'sista' convicted of beating sex workers

Berlin - German hip hop star and former sex worker Schwesta Ewa was sentenced Tuesday to a suspended two and a half year prison term for assaulting prostitutes and for tax fraud, a court said.

Ticket to Europe? Nigeria girls lured into sexual slavery

Benin City - In Benin City, Nigeria's capital of illegal migration, no one says the word "prostitution". The word on the street for the young girls who leave for Italy or France is "hustling".

Gambia tackles sleazy image to diversify tourism

Serrekunda - For decades, The Gambia has built a reputation as a haven for tourists willing to pay for sun, sand, sea... and sex.

Russia's hidden sex workers risk violence and disease

Sanktpeterburg - Vladimir Putin recently quipped that Russian prostitutes are "the best in the world" as he dismissed unsubstantiated rumours that Moscow had incriminating evidence on Donald Trump.

Sex workers march in Ukraine demanding legalisation

Kiev - Dozens of sex workers and human rights campaigners gathered in Kiev on Friday demanding the legalisation of prostitution in Ukraine.

Italy's anti-discrimination head quits over gay sex scandal

Rome - The head of Italy's anti-discrimination office has resigned following revelations that government funds for combating sexual discrimination had been allocated to clubs offering gay prostitution services.

Dreams turn sex slave nightmares for Nigeria's trafficked women

Rome - They arrive in their hundreds every month, their heads full of dreams of new lives in Europe. In reality, many of them are destined for years of sexual slavery.

Dutch sex workers take charge of their own business

Den Haag - Amsterdam sex workers on Thursday launched a project described as unique in Europe -- a brothel run by prostitutes by themselves with no exploitation, thanks to financing from a social investment fund.

British MP Vaz resigns over male prostitute scandal

London - A senior British lawmaker resigned from his position as head of an influential parliamentary committee on Tuesday after becoming embroiled in a scandal involving drugs and male prostitutes.

Pope in surprise visit to ex-prostitutes

Vatican City - Pope Francis surprised 20 former prostitutes on Friday by knocking on their door in Rome and popping in for a chat.

Spanish police free 29 Chinese women forced into prostitution

Madrid - Police said Sunday they had rescued 29 Chinese women who had been drugged and forced into prostitution in hotels and nightclubs across Spain in an operation that smashed a human trafficking ring.

Sex trade less visible, but alive and well in northern Europe

Oslo - Streetwalkers have largely disappeared from the sidewalks but prostitution remains alive and well in northern Europe where laws criminalising the purchase of sex have been in place for years, illustrating the limits of legislation.

French MPs approve contested ban on paying for sex

Paris - French lawmakers passed a controversial law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines of up to 3,750 euros ($4,270) on prostitutes' clients.

S. Korea constitutional court upholds strict anti-prostitution law

Seoul - South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld a strict anti-prostitution law that punishes individual women who trade sex for money.

United Airlines pilot charged with running six Houston brothels

Houston - It is alleged a pilot who flew international flights with United Airlines led a double life and allegedly ran several Houston brothels. He and another woman face pimping-related charges.

Colombia minister admits police ran male prostitute ring

Estanzuela - Colombia's defense minister admitted Thursday that members of the national police operated a male prostitution ring but denied top bosses knew about it, after the scandal sparked two high-level resignations.

Colombia police chief resigns amid gay sex scandal

Estanzuela - Colombia's national police chief resigned on Wednesday, caught up in a male prostitution scandal that has also seen the country's deputy interior minister quit his post.

Switzerland grants its final special 'stripper visas'

Ginebra - More than 700 foreign strippers received a special Swiss work permit in 2015, the last issued in a controversial programme that expires on January 1, the immigration office said Tuesday.

Photo Essay: Creek Street, Ketchikan historic red-light district Special

Ketchikan - Ketchikan, a historic town built along the seafront on Tongass Narrows, is known as "the salmon capital of the world," but its past evokes an infamous village which in the first half of the 19th Century was known as “the Pacific Coast's wickedest city".

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.
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Signs on the lawn of Corbin Prydwen
Signs on the lawn of Corbin Prydwen
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A bar in Salobreña  Spain  advertised a raffle where the winner could spend the night with a  naked...
A bar in Salobreña, Spain, advertised a raffle where the winner could spend the night with a "naked waitress".
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Guantanamo military commission court room.
Guantanamo military commission court room.
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A creative photo depicting human trafficking
A creative photo depicting human trafficking
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The old boardwalk has been restored and the former “houses of ill repute” are now souvenir shops...
The old boardwalk has been restored and the former “houses of ill repute” are now souvenir shops and art galleries.
Historic Creek Street is a boardwalk supported by wooden stilts on a high slope mostly on the east b...
Historic Creek Street is a boardwalk supported by wooden stilts on a high slope mostly on the east bank Ketchikan Creek.
William McDaniel  53  called 911 when a lap dancer wouldn t have sex with him.
William McDaniel, 53, called 911 when a lap dancer wouldn't have sex with him.
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Dolly Arthur  moved to Ketchikan in 1919  and set up her own business at 24 Creek Street. Dolly s li...
Dolly Arthur, moved to Ketchikan in 1919, and set up her own business at 24 Creek Street. Dolly's liquor and prostitution business operated at the light-green house on the right side of the picture.
A bar in Salobreña  Spain  advertised a raffle where the winner could spend the night with a  naked...
A bar in Salobreña, Spain, advertised a raffle where the winner could spend the night with a "naked waitress".
Video screengrab
Ketchikan’s red-light district  known as Creek Street  was built haphazardly on pilings over Ketch...
Ketchikan’s red-light district, known as Creek Street, was built haphazardly on pilings over Ketchikan Creek.
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A bridge over the creek s rapids located at the end of Creek Street.
A bridge over the creek's rapids located at the end of Creek Street.
Lots of seagulls spend time on the banks of the creek to try their luck at catching salmon.
Lots of seagulls spend time on the banks of the creek to try their luck at catching salmon.
The ancient salmon cannery and saltery no longer exists  but the salmon are still swimming upstream ...
The ancient salmon cannery and saltery no longer exists, but the salmon are still swimming upstream Ketchikan Creek to reproduce and die.
Some poor teenagers resort to selling their bodies to pay for food.
Some poor teenagers resort to selling their bodies to pay for food.
Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department

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