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It is time for a grown-up debate about sexuality, says Howard Jacobson, winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Memoirs by high-class hookers may be cartoonish, but no less so than accounts that cast prostitutes as victims of rapacious male sexuality

By Howard Jacobson   April 2008

“The first thing you should know is that I’m a whore.”

Belle de Jour: The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl (Phoenix)

“A field study in nine countries showed that between 60 and 75 per cent of women in prostitution had been raped, between 70 and 95 per cent had been physically assaulted, and 68 per cent displayed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the same range as combat veterans and victims of torture.”

Joan Smith, The Independent, 27th December 2007

“Another thing that distinguishes a ladylike working girl is her groomed and tidy muff. Clients know you make…

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