What is prostitution?

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".

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Some articles on prostitution:

Camilla Lindberg - Sex Work Campaign
... taking 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 ... 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” ...
Sex Workers' Rights - Legality of Prostitution - Legalization And/or Decriminalization - Opposition
... proponent, and colleagues, suggests that violence is an intrinsic part of prostitution in which the chances of experiencing violence increases along with the number of ... This study also concludes that prostitution tends to be multi-traumatic in all forms ... as an example of a country to support the idea that legalized prostitution can still inflict harm on those involved ...
Suffolkater - Media Coverage - Coverage of Related Issues
... The first is that of prostitution in the United Kingdom ... brothels and other measures to improve the safety of 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 ...
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 Accra, Ghana ... 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 ... towns located just outside the camps where prostitution was most prominent ...