During this month of Domestic Violence Awareness, I have been writing daily postings providing information about the various abuses and domestic violence. Today I want to write one that many would not consider an abuse or a domestic violence, however, I propose that it is abuse or domestic violence that leads many to turn to this lifestyle… which is then filled with abuse and violence in itself.
Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sex in exchange for payment in money or other things of value. A person who engages in such sexual relations is called a prostitute or a sex worker. Prostitution is one of the branches of the sex industry. There are many different legal statuses of prostitution from country to country. Some countries consider it permissible. Others consider it a punishable crime. Other countries make prostitution a regulated profession where in others it is unregulated. As evidenced by this, there are many different viewpoints on this “profession”.
Prostitution is sometimes referred to as “the world’s oldest profession” and currently is estimated to generate over $100 billion in revenue around the world. Although the majority of prostitutes are female with male clients, there are also male prostitutes and gay prostitutes.
Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms. There are brothels which are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution. In escort prostitution, the act may take place at a residence or a hotel room. These prostitutes many be called escorts or call girls. Another form is street prostitution. These girls may also be called hookers or street-walkers. So, there are different forms and different names but the bottom line is that money is exchanged for sex. This life-style opens the door for transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and violence, including child prostitution and human trafficking.