Three Months as a Softcore Sex Worker in Latviaโ€™s Capital

โ€œI saw women broken by it. I saw girls crying at the end of the night. The only reason I could deal with it is because I had no sense of self worth.โ€

Past the grand churches and 14th century mansions, the bewildering side-streets of Old Riga are lined with failed bars and shuttered clubs. Every week, bars are bought, sold, and shut down by the police, only to reappear soon after with a new name and logo. This harsh environment, coupled with Rigaโ€™s legacy as a sex capital of Europe, leads establishment owners to employ young Latvian women with the job of bringing foreign men in off the street and giving them an expensive fantasy for the night.…   [continue reading]