Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The Buffalo News has run a two-part story on web-based prostitution in the Buffalo area. Part one is here, and part two is here. There's quite a bit of information in the articles, which generally avoid the "isn't this terrible?" tone that I have come to expect from journalism about prostitution. (There is a hint of that tone in part two.) And though the dangerousness of the profession (prostitution, not journalism) is noted (in part 2), there is no suggestion that most of that danger arises from its illegal status.
Nevertheless, the series is pretty well-balanced, and presents the views of sex industry workers with respect. And among the pieces of information that I learned are that the standard price seems to be about $200 per encounter, and that the Buffalo re-education camps -- er, John Schools (4-page pdf here on Brooklyn's version) -- have not been operating for the past few years.