The World’s Oldest Profession
Prostitution is when someone sells sex for money, food or other necessary gains. The people who sell sex are called prostitutes and they can consist of both male and females but females are the most common worker. Prostitutes are also called sex workers, but there are a multitude of different terms they go by, depending on the time period and place. Prostitution has been legal for decades and is recently becoming illegal and shameful. In the old time periods prostitution was considered a job that gains a lot and was not shamed upon. It was even a way to show their respect to their gods. Many people argue that prostitution is bad, that it is against god, human morals and are dangerous. Although there are many reasons why prostitution should be legalized and not be looked down upon. Participating in prostitution either being a prostitute or being the one that is paying for, should not be look downed upon or shamed because of it. Prostitution should be legalized because not many people know the true history behind it, why prostitutes do their work, their legal rights, that making it illegal is making it dangerous, making it illegal causes more bad things than good things, and solutions to the problems.
Prostitution has been a part of the world for centuries and because of that it is considered to be one of the world’s oldest professions. Even before money was invented there were people using foods or tools to pay for sex. Prostitution was considered a job, a job that made cities richer because so many tourists would stop to the city for it. Many men including the wealthy and high status could go to a prostitute and they will not be shamed for it. In Rome there are many different types of prostitutes. There were ones that where slaves, others did it for money and others for enjoyment but there was also some who did it in honor of the goddess Venus. You had to have been registered and have a license to be a prostitute or else it would be illegal. Some people had their own spot to work and others worked with other prostitutes in a brothel. Now days prostitution is illegal in most states, even though it is illegal there are people still acting out on it. It is illegal mostly because of the large amount of people, who are Christian, they believe that it is against their religion. They seek to make society puritan like. Most prostitutes are females, and the males are mostly ignored when the discussion of prostitutes are involved but “research on male prostitutes and their background motives for sex work is only beginning to constitute somewhat more than the proverbial needle in the haystack.”(Vanwesenbeeck) Although research are being done “The population size and geographic distribution of MSWs is largely unknown.
There are many reasons for people to go into prostitution some of them are money, enjoyment, and because they are forced to but “the number one motive for engaging in commercial or exchange sex is, without a doubt, earning money.”(Vanwesenbeeck) Some prostitutes are people of lower class that need money. The lower class people do not have a wide choose of work. They are willing to do anything to get money; they either go into sex work or they can choice another hard labor job that does not pay as much. People usually do not care how they earn the money but as long as they get it and it supports them and their family they are willing to do it. People decide on jobs that pay the most that: Those coming to sex work from other labour markets, they have often experienced equally harsh (or worse) conditions of highly labour-intensive work for much lower incomes. It is from these background cases that the significance of sex work as a site of higher incomes or livelihoods emerges.(Bishakha) People usually choose jobs that they enjoy and prostitution is not an exception. Some people are good at making art, others are good at building and some people are good at sex. People tend to go into...
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