Katherine "Syria Girl" Zoepf, the young and porcelain-skinned lady story-stringer of choice from the environs of Damascus, chimes in for the Times today with a great story about Baghdad refugees who are now forced to make their living as prostitutes. It reminded our Special Correspondent For This Thing Looks Like That Thing of an unlikely precedent. March, 2005, Vice magazine's Iraq issue: Baghdad's gals work streets, clubs in Syria! Who knew? This may force us to reexamine the entire history of scummy "alternative" magazines. Maybe not though! (Click to enlarge.)

Desperate Iraqi Refugees Turn to Sex Trade in Syria [NYT]