Vice Squad
Saturday, May 05, 2007
 
Happy Hooker Harumphs


Xaviera Hollander, author of The Happy Hooker and many subsequent books, is perturbed by some of the developments in the ongoing "DC Madam" case:
There is a code of ethics in prostitution. You are not supposed to divulge names. That is the lowest thing you could do in this profession.
In the linked article, Ms. Hollander provides further observations about her former trade. She thinks that the internet-assisted ease of having one's sexual fantasy catered to has made the whole enterprise less exciting. Xaviera now operates a bed and breakfast (sans sexual services) in Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, a former New York City police officer who attempted to shake down Xaviera Hollander decades ago remains in prison -- not for the shakedown, but for two murders. He is 76 years old and has been in prison for 32 years. A court ordered a reluctant parole board to release him, but was overturned by a higher court last month. Both the shakedown and the murders (of people involved in underground prostitution) are arguments to provide scope for legal, regulated prostitution, but arguments that somehow have not achieved much political salience in the US.

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