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Written by Alexa AlbertAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Alexa Albert

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • On Sale: June 25, 2002
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-449-00658-0 (0-449-00658-1)
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When Harvard medical student Alexa Albert conducted a public-health study as the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada, the only state in the union where prostitution is legal, neither she nor the brothel could have predicted the end result. Having worked with homeless prostitutes in Times Square, Albert was intimate with human devastation cause by the sex trade, and curious to see if Nevada’s brothels offered a less harmful model for a business that will always be with us. The Mustang Ranch has never before given an outsider such access, but fear of AIDS was hurting the business, and the Ranch was eager to get publicity for its rigorous standards of sexual hygiene. Albert was drawn into the lives of the women of the Mustang Ranch, and what began as a public-health project evolved into something more intimate and ambitious, a six-year study of the brothel ecosystem, its lessons and significance.

"A complex and all-too-human study…exhaustive and surprisingly compassionate research."—The Baltimore Sun

"[Albert] compassionately and insightfully discusses the prejudice prostitutes face even in places where prostitution is legal, and she shatters many common misconceptions…and avoids stereotypes and feminist rhetoric to candidly depict legalized prostitution and its effect on the women involved in it."—Booklist

“This well-written, non-judgmental, informative book helps to replace ignorance with understanding concerning the lives and attitudes of women involved in legal prostitution, as well as their customers. It could serve as a light at the end of a very long tunnel, and form the basis of both moral and legal discussions about prostitution in the future.”— M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D.

Contents
1. The Opening; 2. An Institution; 3. Breadwinners; 4. Pride in One's Work; 5. Entanglements; 6. Sisterhood; 7. Legalized, Not Legitimized; 8. An Extended Family; 9. Brothel.com; 10. Hooked; Epilogue; Acknowledgments