a prostitute
   Formerly, a licensed huckster who had to wear a badge, from which the standard English meaning, to importune excessively, and so to the prostitute who accosts men in the street. The usage survives in the badger game, in which the victim is led by a prostitute into a sexually compromising situation, and then blackmailed:
    Any man who accompanies a night-club or dance-hall hostess to her apartment... runs a risk of being robbed or subjected to the well-known badger game. (Lavine, 1930)

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