These trees have been caught in a very compromising position.Photo: Steve Troletti Where does Italy get off trying to denude 69 -- yes, 69 -- acres of forest just because prostitution has been rising up between its trees? That's what three environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund, want to know. They wonder what sins the trees have committed to deserve this premature conclusion, other than to "offer with their fronds shelter and intimacy to sex slaves" at work along the Tronto River? But with nearly 600 prostitutes working their way through this forest in central Italy, local authorities think …
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