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    Italy’s Streetwalkers Move Indoors

    It’s a different kind of house call. A triple-dip recession has pushed thousands of Italian women into do-it-yourself home prostitution, which now makes up 35 percent of the sex work market. They’re penetrating a legal loophole: Selling one’s body is technically not illegal in Italy, though brothels and exploitation by pimps and clients are. Some advocates worry about the safety of women bringing strange men into their homes, preferring to institute red-light districts, but the Vatican still holds major political clout — so, for now, sex work reforms remain stalled.

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