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Sex Worker Trade Booming in Silicon Valley

Alix Tichelman appears in Santa Cruz Superior Court on July 9, 2014. (Shmuel Thaler/AP)
Alix Tichelman appears in Santa Cruz Superior Court on July 9, 2014. (Shmuel Thaler/AP)

 

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, sex workers have been the entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley that no one talks about.

But with money flowing from the technology industry, the sex trade is booming.

“I continue to see an increase in the amount of technology clients I see here in the Bay Area,” said Siouxsie Q, a 28-year-old sex worker.

Silicon Valley is better known for its search engines and smartphones than it is for sex.

But the sex industry has been closely linked to boom times in the Bay Area going back to the Gold Rush, when men with pickaxes ventured here hoping to hit the mother lode.

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