You've heard of the sex trade, but probably not like this: You may be surprised by the variety of strange things people have tried to trade for sex.
We're not just talking about prostitutes, either. Indecent proposals by some everyday folks -- even a judge and a former "Sheriff of the Year" -- made our Top 5 list of strange things traded for sex.
Here's our Top 5, in no particular order:
1. McDonald's Chicken McNuggets
The Golden Arches regularly touts its nuggets, made from 100% breast meat. That may be one reason Khadijah Baseer, 31, allegedly staked out a McDonald's parking lot in Burbank, Calif., to offer sex acts in exchange for McNuggets. But when customers refused to bite at her offer, police arrived and arrested her.
2. McDonald's Double Cheeseburgers
The Cheeseburglar would be shaking his head at this one: Christine Baker, 47, allegedly agreed to have sex with an undercover Florida cop in exchange for two double cheeseburgers off the McDonald's dollar menu. The cop bought the burgers, but Baker allegedly also asked for a tip in cash. She must've grimaced when police busted her for prostitution.
3. Phillies tickets
A Pennsylvania woman allegedly tried to score tickets to a Phillies-Yankees World Series game in 2009 in exchange for sex -- with a man who turned out to be an undercover cop. Courts eventually cleared Susan Finkelstein, 45, of all prostitution-related charges. But not before her strange approach to securing World Series tickets got her fired from her job.
A former "Sheriff of the Year" in Colorado was busted for allegedly trying to trade methamphetamine for sex. Ex-Sheriff Patrick J. Sullivan, 68, was caught on tape trying to make the deal happen, and was also charged with manufacturing and selling the drug. He was booked, ironically, into a jail that bears his name.
Pennsylvania Judge Ross Cioppa, 70, was accused of demanding sexual favors from female defendants in exchange for favorable outcomes in court. Cioppa allegedly tried this twice, in two separate cases, before being charged with bribery, indecent assault, and official oppression -- definitely one of the stranger things we've seen allegedly being traded for sex.
[4/26/12 4:42 pm PST Editor's note: It's worth noting that Susan Finkelstein's sex-for-Phillies-tickets conviction was overturned on appeal.]