Long Reads Of The Week - 9 March

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | In 2002 Germany legalised prostitution, believing it would eradicate pimps, empower sex workers and generate millions in taxes. Going inside the mega brothels that have sprung up in the country since, The Telegraph's Nisha Lilia Diu discovers that, unsurprisingly, it hasn't worked out quite like that so far.

2 | Writing for the Guardian, lok Jha and Laurence Topham tell the gripping story of how they were trapped aboard a Russian research ship in Antartica, whole an international row broke out over whether their expedition should have been there in the first place.

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3 | When Ron Suskind's boy was almost three years old, he was diagnosed with regressive autism and stopped speaking. Writing for the New York Times, he shares the remarkable story of how the father and son found a way to communicate again through the medium of cartoons.

4 | How could one tiny village in the Ethiopian highlands have produced 16 Olympic long-distance medals in 20 years? Nick Ashdown heads to Bekoji for The Atlantic to find out.

5 | Finally, for the New Yorker, Michael Schulman tells the story of the woman without whom this year's Oscar Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave would not exist: the historian Sue Eakin who unearthed Solomon Northup's book in the first place.