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Sunday, June 22, 2008

June 22, 2008 -- Contents


(1) The Sunday Photos

(2) The Sunday Film Review

(3) The Sunday Book Review

(4) The Sunday Saga

(5) The Sunday Sob Story

(6) The Sunday Funnies

THE SUNDAY STEETWALKER: The Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, now with an English edition, chronicles the rise of prostitution in Russia as its reporters endeavor to set up a whorehouse. In a four-part installment: one, two, three, four. The money paragraphs:

We did not actually open a bordello afterwards, thank God. But we learned a great deal. There were no women among our applicants with a higher education. They were almost all factory workers — sewers, cooks, janitors and painters, who changed their profession often. One reason why they constantly shifted between jobs was their immense boredom. And the negative influence of fictional stories about oligarchs thirsting for young girls and fairytale blockbusters like "Pretty Woman" and "Glossy" should not be forgotten. Many poor village girls are tired of dancing around in their thick rubber boots and homemade clothes with drunken slobs at square dances. They long for more fashionable love affairs. And while our country is pretending to wage war against prostitution, the phenomenon is growing and gaining pace like a locomotive.

Annals of Potemkin Russia!

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