New Orleans Sex Industry

Collection with 63 media items created by Jonathan Alpeyrie

05 Mar 2014 22:00

Sex work is often just work. Some do it out of economic necessity -- for survival. For others, sex work offers a path to empowerment and independence. Yet because sexuality is typically hidden in the darkest corners of our culture, sex workers are marginalized, harassed, and put in danger -- not just by the people that use their services, but by the police whose "protect and serve" motto doesn't always extend to sex workers.

In this series of portraits and interviews, we go deep into the underbelly of sex work in New Orleans, Louisiana -- the Big Easy. Sexuality is on display in every doorway and street sign on Bourbon Street, but the day-to-day lives of strippers, escorts, and other sex workers is not what you'd expect. The woman sipping coffee and tapping at her laptop in the cafe? You'd never know she was a sex worker.

There is a persistent myth about sex trafficking during large events in the United States -- the same story about an increase in trafficking before the Super Bowl is trotted out every year, but the numbers don't add up. In this story, we explode myths around sex trafficking and take you inside an average day in the life of several New Orleans sex workers, during and after the street bacchanal that is Mardi Gras.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Young woman is stripping at a local bar. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A Barker working for a local strip club is trying to attract clients inside. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Local girls are dancing on stage at a local bar. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper/escort is posing for the camera before heading back to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. NOPD is arresting a sex worker accused of hustling pedestrian in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A sex worker is taking a rest from work in front of a strip joint in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The entrance of a strip join on Bourbon street. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper/escort is posing for the camera before heading back to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The entrance of a gay bar on Bourbon street. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
05 Mar 2014

March 5, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A local stripper is dancing at a strip join on Bourbon street. Most tourists have gone home after a week straight of drinking and partying. Most sex establishments are made their money during that week. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The husband/manager of a stripper is taking a break at a local coffee shop. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A local women is trying to attract men by screaming at passing one on Bourbon street. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. An escort girl is posing for the camera in the Bywater area of New Orleans. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
05 Mar 2014

March 5, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The Capri motel is known to house prostitutes. Local authorities, which have been cracking down on this illicit business have closed it down, only to be reopened shortly after. Most tourists have gone home after a week straight of drinking and partying. Most sex establishments are made their money during that week. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
05 Mar 2014

March 5, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Local strippers are taking a break from work at a strip join on Bourbon street. Most tourists have gone home after a week straight of drinking and partying. Most sex establishments are made their money during that week. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A woman is showing her breast on Bourbon street to get favors. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
05 Mar 2014

March 5, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A local stripper is dancing at a strip join on Bourbon street. Most tourists have gone home after a week straight of drinking and partying. Most sex establishments are made their money during that week. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Young women are dancing at a local bar. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper/escort is posing for the camera before heading back to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
05 Mar 2014

March 5, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The Capri motel is known to house prostitutes. Local authorities, which have been cracking down on this illicit business have closed it down, only to be reopened shortly after. Most tourists have gone home after a week straight of drinking and partying. Most sex establishments are made their money during that week. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A local security guard is pinning down a sex worker accused of hustling pedestrian in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A sex worker is taking a rest from work in front of a strip joint in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper is performing for clients. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Local girls looking for men are walking in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
02 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A gay sex worker is dancing inside a local bar. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper, originally from Houston Texas, and her husband/manager are posing for the camera before returning to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 5, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A local stripper is taking a break from work at a strip join on Bourbon street. Most tourists have gone home after a week straight of drinking and partying. Most sex establishments are made their money during that week. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A woman is showing her breast to the public on Bourbon street. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
03 Mar 2014

March 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
04 Mar 2014

March 4, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A gay sex worker is dancing inside a bar on Bourbon street. The sex industry is taking advantage of the last day of Mardi Gras, attracting tourists and locals alike to spend their money. Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, with tenth of thousands of locals and tourists flooding the streets of the old part of town of Bourdon street. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.