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Prostitution is said to be the world’s oldest profession, but understanding the size and scope of this economy, and the methods and actors involved in this trade, is still a murky endeavor.
Outside the sex sold legally in Nevada, prostitution in the United States transpires in the shadows of an underground economy. There are no accounting records to trace, no receipts to scrutinize, and no legal records to analyze. Simply, it is difficult to grasp the size of this economy.
Photographer Rick DeMint kindly writes, “Saw through your tumblr and twitter accounts for Newsweek that you’ve been doing a great job covering the Occupy movement and thought there might be some interest in using a photo I took at a recent rally in Denver. Not sensationalist, but I think it represents the movement well.” [Rick’s on tumblr.]