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TRENDING List of Famous Sex Workers

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List of famous sex workers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top sex workers in the world? This includes the most prominent sex workers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable sex workers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic sex workers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned sex workers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known sex workers to the lesser known sex workers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the sex worker field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous sex workers ever?" and "What are the names of famous sex workers?" then you're in the right place. 
Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Sex Workers
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Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief's Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1910-1986)

Birthplace: Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France Paris

Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist, Writer Social activist, + more

Credits: Querelle, The Maids, Poison, The Balcony A Song of Love, + more

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Mata Hari is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Sex Workers
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Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Frisian exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy and executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I. ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1876-1917)

Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Profession: Exotic dancer, Sex worker, Spy

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Barbara Payton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Sex Workers
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Barbara Lee Payton was an American film actress best known for her stormy social life and eventual battles with alcohol and drug addiction. Her life has been the subject of several books including Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story, by John O'Dowd, L.A. Despair: A Landscape of Crimes ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1927-1967)

Birthplace: Cloquet, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Pin-up girl, Actor

Credits: Bride of the Gorilla, 4 for Texas, Four Sided Triangle, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Only the Valiant, + more

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Aspasia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Sex Workers
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Aspasia was an influential immigrant to Athens who was the lover and partner of the statesman Pericles. The couple had a son Pericles the Young, but the full details of the couple's marital status are unknown. According to Plutarch, her house became an intellectual centre in Athens, attracting the ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (469 BC-399 BC)

Birthplace: Miletus, Turkey

Profession: Sex worker

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Georgina Beyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Sex Workers
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Georgina Beyer is a New Zealand politician and former Labour Party Member of Parliament. She was the world's first openly transsexual mayor, as well as the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament. She is also among a very small number of former sex workers to hold political office. ...more

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Age: 59

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Profession: Politician, Radio personality, Actor

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Nina Arsenault is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Sex Workers
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Nina Arsenault is a Canadian performance artist, freelance writer, and former sex trade worker who works in theatre, dance, video, photography and visual art. Her works have been called profoundly moving, absolutely unforgettable, brutally honest, a spiritual gift and as stunning as they are ...more

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Beamsville, Canada

Profession: Columnist, Actor, Sex worker, Writer

Credits: I'm Yours

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Valeria Messalina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Sex Workers
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Valeria Messalina, sometimes spelled Messallina, was the third wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius. She was also a paternal cousin of the Emperor Nero, second cousin of the Emperor Caligula, and great-grandniece of the Emperor Augustus. A powerful and influential woman with a reputation for ...more

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Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Profession: Sex worker

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Sheila Vogel-Coupe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Sex Workers
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Sheila Vogel-Coupe

Sheila Vogel-Coupe is the oldest prostitute in the United Kingdom. Some 2014 reports stated that as she was 85 at the time, she could be the oldest prostitute in the world. As of May 2014, she was still entertaining up to ten clients per week at £250 an hour, and Channel 4 was planning to release a ...more

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Profession: Prostitute

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