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The Week In Links: October 26

“I’m not a prostitute. I just get paid to help awkward men have sex”—every sex surrogate

File under We Saw This Coming: Trend pieces about sex surrogates ahead of the theatrical release of The Sessions feature sex surrogates insisting that what they do isn’t prostitution.

An undercover cop posed as exotic dancer to bust pill-pushing doctor in NJ.

Rachel Aimee responds to some of the content in the Narrative.ly feature about NYC sex work activists.

Artist Molly Crabapple writes about her time as a nude model, harassment, and non-visible assets at Vice. “I made $250 cash, and swore off honest employment forever.”

A Montreal borough mayor, Réal Ménard, is “calling for support from the City of Montreal and the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) to provide funds to build supervised apartments for the exclusive use of female prostitutes.” He’s calling for it because he says 90% of the prostitutes there live “in crackhouses,” but it’s still a nice gesture.

Melissa Gira Grant wrote about the conflation of human trafficking with prostitution at the Guardian.

More on California’s potentially harmful-to-trafficking-victims “anti-trafficking” Propostion 35 at Salon.

This is why stripper shouldn’t 1)vulture customers and 2) go to staff meetings to complain.

There is another delay in the preparation of the report on the Robert Pickton inquiry which seeks to “examine why police failed to catch Pickton as he murdered sex workers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in the late 1990s and early 2000s.” Possible answers: it’s because he murdered sex workers.

Suzy Hooker is a collective byline.


  1. Two whole weeks of “familiarity and intimacy” training to become a legit sex surrogate? Get these girls some health insurance, they are obviously more worthy than me.

  2. “The difference is Arden also cites their personalities and intelligence: ‘They are sincere, patient and caring,’ Arden writes on the site, adding that her surrogates ‘will have college degrees.'”

    I have a university degree, advertise my personality and intelligence, and have sex with awkward men, some of them who are also 40 something year old virgins, and yet am still just a prostitute. Every single thing said about the differences between prostitutes and sex surrogates applied to me, perhaps I am not a hooker but a (more expensive) sex surrogate.


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