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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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#50 on The Best French Language Poets of All Time

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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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