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Brothel by Alexa Albert
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Jul 09, 2012

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This book was interesting to read because it gives a realistic description of what it's like to work at the Mustang Ranch, the economics of legalized prostitution, and it answers the question why there is no HIV transmission at the ranch. I liked the author's style of writing which was very descriptive and non-judgmental. This is not a book of erotica, neither does it contain lurid sex descriptions. She describes 2 "parties" so this book is definitely adult in nature, but it's not porn. In the end, the book focuses on an on-line community of johns and how they relate to the prostitutes, and how their attitudes change when some prostitutes join this chat board. That's where I thought it got really boring, and I got really grossed out by these looser guys who were so into prostitutes. I also started to think that these guys were really degrading the women, whereas in the first part of the book where we read about the women's lives, it seems as though working there was not so bad, i.e. not dangerous or degrading, if you have a relatively strong character.
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