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  • Tax Break for Erotica? A Museum Favors It Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 11:23 AM ET
    Displays during the opening of the Museum of Sex in New York.

    A few years ago, when Ann Marie Coughlin, a New York dominatrix also known as Domina M., donated her brushed-steel bondage machine to be shown at the Museum of Sex, many people benefited.

  • SEC Staffers Watched Porn as System Crashed Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 8:04 AM ET
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says.

  • Publishers Question Apple’s Rejection of Nudity Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 10:22 AM ET
    Apple's iPhone

    Aware that Apple frowns on displays of naked flesh — the company recently culled thousands of applications deemed to be objectionable — he used pictures of the models in clothing and in underwear, rather than fully naked, as they appear on the Web, and called the application Not Quite Naked People.  “Apparently Apple even has a problem with naked legs,” he said.

  • Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 12:55 AM ET
    A model gets her hair and make up done before the show.

    The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show attracts a big TV audience every year as millions tune in to gawk at leggy models strutting down the runway in lingerie.

  • Highlights From Frederick's 2009 Fall Collection Monday, 14 Sep 2009 | 12:14 PM ET
    Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood actually saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. CEO Linda LoRe attributes this trend to the "bright colors and fun fabrics" featured in the fall line-up.  "The price points are so sharp," LoRe adds. According to LoRe, shoppers have a more limited budget, but they still want to be excited by the clothes they buy. "They want value. They want style," she says. Frederick's has been try

    Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. Here's what consumers are buying.

  • Top US States For Online Pornography Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 10:25 AM ET
    Published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a report released earlier this year entitled "Red Light States: Who Buys Adult Entertainment" highlights where the revenues for pornographic entertainment on the internet actually come from. According to , internet sales are the second largest piece of the $12.6 billion adult entertainment industry, drawing $2.84 billion in 2006.One of the most interesting findings in the study is American subscription patterns that utilized a list of zip codes

    A report entitled "Red Light States: Who Buys Adult Entertainment" highlights where the revenues for pornographic entertainment on the internet actually come from.

  • On the Set & at Home with Porn Star Jesse Jane Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 5:06 PM ET
    From her modest Oklahoma home to the center stage of the adult film world.  CNBC's "" takes you backstage and at home with mega Porn Star Jessie Jane.

    From her modest Oklahoma home to the center stage of the adult film world.CNBC's "Business of Pleasure" takes you backstage and at home with mega Porn Star Jesse Jane.

  • Pornographic Profits Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 3:06 PM ET
    In the new CNBC Original Production “Porn: Business of Pleasure” nothing is off limits when it comes to the $13 billion industry that aims to please but has been known to offend.

    In the new CNBC Original Production “Porn: Business of Pleasure” nothing is off limits when it comes to the $13 billion industry that aims to please but has been known to offend.

  • The Best-Selling Adult DVDs of All Time Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 5:30 PM ET
    The Adult Entertainment industry, although taboo in nature, is serious business. Every year, the top trade publication for the adult industry, the Adult Video Network (AVN), holds the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, which is touted as the industry’s largest event worldwide. How big is the adult entertainment industry? The most recent numbers from AVN's 2006 report show industry-wide sales to exceed $12.92 billion, although more conservative estimates place this number significantly lower.

    Adult DVD Empire is the largest online retailer of adult entertainment and it has compiled a list of its all-time best-selling adult DVDs. Click ahead to see the list...

  • Famous Prostitution Scandals Monday, 17 Nov 2008 | 12:32 PM ET
    Busted for leading a high-end prostitution ring for numerous famous and wealthy clients in and around Hollywood. Fleiss was sentenced to 37 months in prison for tax evasion but served just 21.

    Here are some of the more notorious prostitution scandals that have made their way into the public's view over the years.

  • The Business of High-End Prostitution Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | 9:07 AM ET
    Charging fees as high as $25,000 for a two-day engagement, a successful high-end escort working full time can make an annual income of more than half a million dollars. High-end clients can spend more than a $100,000 a year in escort fees.

    Currently the US gets 20% of its power from nuclear energy. Many believe it's time for that number to increase. CNBC's Melissa Francis explores the issue.