They interviewed some of the few legal sex workers in America, and found that to really understand the work, they also needed answers to some basic questions. At her request, we used her stage name, not her real name. The following is lightly edited and condensed for clarity. Alice just bought a bed and breakfast with her college friends.
Inside the brothels: 19 striking photos of owners, sex workers and their clients
Welcome to the child sex capital of Europe
I reckoned it would be easier to find somewhere to stay and get a job there than it was in America. So I just went into Soho, where I bumped into one of my dealers. This chance meeting turned out to be life-changing. Let's go round the clubs and offer a deal: you give them a blowjob and I sell them some coke.
"My former life as a prostitute: One client put so much cocaine up my vagina I OD'd"
The massage parlor is already swallowing clients through its dark doorway; cheap perfume hangs in the air. The Home of Body Building exudes a sour sweat from the hall where older men are eyeing prancing young boys. But in a nearby shelter for former prostitutes the scene is demure, as girls settle down for group therapy. This day, a visitor is taking Polaroid pictures and passing them around. The pictures make the girls look like small, spindly birds, rather than sex objects.
German cars are not unusual in the Czech border town of Cheb. By day, the BMWs and Mercedes come to buy cheap cigarettes and alcohol. By 10 p.