But the supernova of media attention to Spitzer's alleged use of a high-priced prostitution ring — Emperors Club, Client No. 9, "Kristen," five thousand dollars per tryst — has lit up the terrain of America's sex industry, and its posh upper reaches, like no story in years.
This hour, On Point: we're looking at prostitution and the law in America. From back streets to pricey escort services, what goes on, who gets prosecuted — and the fate of Eliot Spitzer.Guests:
Joel Stashenko, Albany bureau chief for the New York Law Journal.
Melissa Farley, director of Prostitution Research and Education, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, and author of "Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada."
Eugene O'Donnell, professor of law and police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former New York Police Department detective.
Juhu Thukral, director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City.
This program aired on March 12, 2008.