Prostitution

Prostitution is the business or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. The person who receives payment for sexual services is called a prostitute and the person who receives such services is known by a multitude of terms, including "john". Prostitution is one of the branches of the sex industry. The legal status of prostitution varies from country to country, from being permissible but unregulated, to a punishable crime or to a regulated profession. Estimates place the annual revenue generated from the global prostitution industry to be over $100 billion. Prostitution is sometimes referred to as "the world's oldest profession".

Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms. Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution. In escort prostitution, the act may take place at the customer's residence or hotel room (referred to as out-call), or at the escort's residence or in a hotel room rented for the occasion by the escort (called in-call). Another form is street prostitution. Sex tourism refers to travelling, typically from developed to underdeveloped nations, to engage in sexual activity with prostitutes.

Read more about Prostitution:  Etymology and Terminology, History, Exploitation in Prostitution, Occurrence, Medical Situation

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Sex Workers' Rights - Legality of Prostitution - Legalization And/or Decriminalization - Opposition
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Camilla Lindberg - Sex Work Campaign
... a stand against the dominant discourse on prostitution (in 1999 a coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and leftists outlawed the buying but not the selling of sexual services, as a form of violence ... state should differentiate between voluntary and forced prostitution, and should license brothels ... She also claimed that the most common form of prostitution was “men selling sex to men” ...
Prostitution - Medical Situation
... In some places, prostitution may be associated with the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) ... One of the sources for the spread of HIV in Africa is prostitution, with one study finding that encounters with prostitutes produced 84% of new HIV infections in adult males in ... Some studies of prostitution in urban settings in developing countries, such as Kenya, have stated that prostitution acts as a reservoir of STDs within the general population ...
Sex In The American Civil War - Prostitution
... Prostitution experienced its largest growth during 1861-1865 ... Other historians considered the growth of prostitution to be related to the women wanting to spread venereal disease to the opposing troops ... However, it was the towns located just outside the camps where prostitution was most prominent ...
Suffolkater - Media Coverage - Coverage of Related Issues
... The first is that of prostitution in the United Kingdom ... the women, or to target the demand for prostitution through prosecution of the clients, as is done in Sweden ... The government has moved in the direction of tough "anti-prostitution" laws which target the clients ...