Katrina looks down into her glass of fizzy mineral water. It’s not easy for her to talk about this.

Until a few weeks ago she called herself Tanya. She worked at a sex club in Essen, a city in the German state of North Rhine-Westfalia. Although Katrina was a prostitute for eight years, and although she lives in a country where prostitution is more acceptable than in America (200,000 German prostitutes are licensed, pay taxes, and get public health insurance), she was never comfortable with...

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