Prostitution

FILe - In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. A New York judge cited the long history of the casting couch in Hollywood as he approved for trial the sex trafficking claims of an aspiring actress against Weinstein. U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet said the lawsuit filed by Kadian Noble last fall was fairly brought under sex trafficking laws Congress passed that had an “expansive” definition of what could be considered a “commercial sex act.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
August 14, 2018 - 5:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has ruled that an aspiring actress can sue Harvey Weinstein for violating sex trafficking laws because the proverbial casting couch, in which women are asked to trade sex for Hollywood opportunities, could be considered a "commercial sex act." U.S. District Judge...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2018, file photo, owner Dennis Hof, left, jokes with madam Sonja Bandolik at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nev. County officials in Nevada have yanked a brothel license from the state's most famous pimp who has fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style candidate for Nevada's legislature. Officials in Southern Nevada's Nye County on Tuesday said Dennis Hof had failed to apply for a renewal and pay fees for his Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, about an hour's drive northwest of Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 08, 2018 - 5:54 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials have yanked a brothel license from Nevada's most famous legal pimp, who has fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style candidate for a state legislative seat and faced increasing anti-prostitution sentiment. Dennis Hof had failed to apply for a renewal and pay fees for his...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2018 file photo, Scarlett Johansson arrives at the world premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War" in Los Angeles. Johansson has pulled out of the film “Rub & Tug” after her plans to portray a transgender man prompted a backlash. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
July 05, 2018 - 12:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Scarlett Johansson's plans to portray a transgender man have sparked a backlash from many who object to cisgender actors playing trans roles. Earlier this week, Johansson was announced to star in "Rub & Tug," a film about prostitution ring leader Dante "Tex" Gill, who was born...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, Cyntoia Brown appears in court during her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. Attorneys for the Tennessee woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16 are asking federal appellate judges to throw out her sentence, in a case that has attracted celebrity attention. Brown’s attorneys will argue Thursday, June 14 before a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
June 14, 2018 - 1:32 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal appeals judges said Thursday they're considering asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to clarify whether a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16 can ever gain parole. The three-judge 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel heard arguments Thursday...
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ADDS IDENITY OF WOMAN AT RIGHT AS HEIDI FLEISS - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018 photo Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof, second from right celebrates after winning the primary election in Pahrump, Nev. Hof, the owner of half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada and star of the HBO adult reality series "Cathouse," won a Republican primary for the state Legislature on Tuesday, ousting a three-term lawmaker. At right is former madam and reality TV personality Heidi Fleiss. (David Montero /Los Angeles Times via AP)
June 13, 2018 - 9:18 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof said Wednesday the "establishment got crushed" when he knocked off an incumbent Republican in a state legislative primary. But now the flamboyant pimp who starred on the HBO adult reality series "Cathouse," is being shunned by that some of that GOP...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2016, file photo, Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nevada, is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City. Hof, the owner of half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada and star of the HBO adult reality series "Cathouse," won a Republican primary for the state Legislature on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, ousting a three-term lawmaker. Hof defeated hospital executive James Oscarson. He'll face Democrat Lesia Romanov in November, and will be the favored candidate in the Republican-leaning Assembly district.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
June 13, 2018 - 9:26 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pimp Dennis Hof, the owner of half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada and star of the HBO adult reality series "Cathouse," won a Republican primary for the state Legislature on Tuesday, ousting a three-term lawmaker. Hof defeated hospital executive James Oscarson. He'll face Democrat...
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U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford hugged his sons after addressing his supporters at Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Sanford lost his first election ever Tuesday, beaten for the Republican nomination for another term in the coastal 1st District around Charleston by state Rep. Katie Arrington. (Wade Spees/The Post And Courier via AP)
June 13, 2018 - 7:58 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is crediting his Election-Day tweet in part for the defeat of a South Carolina Republican congressman who has been critical of his administration. Trump tweeted Wednesday that his advisers didn't want him to get involved in the Republican primary,...
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FILE - In this Monday, June 4, 2018 file photo, people seeking political asylum in the United States line up to be interviewed in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the U.S. border south of San Diego. Immigration judges generally cannot consider domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday, June 11, 2018 in a ruling that could affect large numbers of Central Americans who have increasingly turned to the United States for protection. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat, File)
June 11, 2018 - 9:13 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Immigration judges generally cannot consider domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday in a ruling that could affect large numbers of Central Americans who have increasingly turned to the United States for protection. "...
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In this April 27, 2018, photo, a sign advertises the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nev. A coalition of religious groups and anti-sex trafficking activists have launched referendums to ban brothels in two of Nevada's seven counties where they legally operate. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 11, 2018 - 10:33 am
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — A state marketed as a place where people can indulge in all manner of sins is confronting its status as the only place in America where you can legally pay someone for sex. A coalition of religious groups and anti-sex trafficking activists has launched referendums to ban...
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June 06, 2018 - 12:27 pm
ROME (AP) — Nigerian women who were trafficked to Italy to work as prostitutes have found work in a handbag and dressmaking shop that recently received some top-notch raw materials: 4,000 meters (4,374 yards) of leftover fabric from Gucci. The initiative was announced Wednesday in Rome, complete...
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