September 26, 2009 | By

So in Evertt, Washington there is a Grab-n-Go Espresso Hut where the female employees make and serve all types of coffee in bikinis. Norms.

Yesterday five of the female bikini baristas were charged with prostitution after being accused of sexual and lewd behavior. According to HeraldNet, Police said that for $80 the girls were letting customers watch them strip while fixing drinks and allowing the men to touch their breasts and butts. The investigation on this "barista brothel" had been going on for about two months and in that time detectives witnessed the employees licking whip cream off one another's vaginas, posing naked on the drive thru ledge and play a daily game where the girls caught wads of cash in their underwear. Apparently, the breast touching is considered a legal form of prostitution and therefore, the female employees were charged, but not arrested. They will appear in court to testify misdemeanor charges.

We have a few questions...

If these women are facing prostitution charges where are the espresso sippin' men who were acting in the position of John? Are they being charged for their participation in this sexual exchange? Has any attention even been paid to the acts that they committed? Of course not.

Secondly, more questions need to asked about why these women were doing this. Could this sexualized form of roadside mocha sales be a product of the low wages being a barista offers? We doubt these girls were doing this because it is awesome, satisfying or fun. Or you know what? Maybe they did feel it was a suitable exchange? We can't advocate for their actions, but the story speak volumes about gendered employment, sexism, and social access.

What do you guys think?

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