Prostitution is the act of providing sexual services. Prostitution is generally referred to as the world’s oldest profession, although this is questionable it’s very old. In ancient Iraq, once called Mesopotamia – they referred to prostitutes as kar.kid. The book ‘The Origin of Prostitution In Ancient Mesopotamia by Gerda Lerner mentions that the Sumerians listed prostitution as a profession in a list dated ca. 2400 B.C. – It’s assumed that prostitution was connected to a temple service.
Hookers, whores, street workers, sex worker and even tantric engineer have been used to describe people who offer sexual advances to the public willing to engage in them. Prostitution mostly takes place on the streets, some countries have establishment in which a prostitute may work with protection from bodyguards. Brothels also offer a greater level of respect as sex workers s are forced on the streets by law, not by choice.
People often think of prostitutes as a victimless crime because they choose to be on the street, this is not always the case. Often time’s criminal enterprises take advantage of women and men engaging in prostitution. Pimps can exploit and threaten violence if they don’t generate money for them. It’s a complex world; countries with laws against solicitation force the prostitutes and the johns to operate in the shadows as much as possible. Once operating in such a manner, all parties involved risk a great deal of their personal safety.
During 500 B.C., the Greeks witnessed the emergence of brothels. Prostitutes were called ‘pornes’, and had to wear specific clothing to differentiate them from the rest of the public, they also had to pay their taxes like everyone else. This arrangement was common throughout most of the world until 590 A.D., the then king of Spain banned the practice in his country. Women who continued to engage in prostitution were whipped and exiled.
Then in 1161, King Henry II decided to revise the stance on prostitution. He made the practice legal and regulated – requiring that prostitutes in London should be single and that brothels allow weekly inspections. Around 200 years later, In Italy this time – the Great Council of Venice said that the service prostitutes provide are “Absolutely indispensable to the world.” From this, government funded brothels began to spring up throughout the country in the 14th and 15th centuries.
A little over 100 years ago, the U.S. estimated that 1 in 50 American women were working as prostitutes. Roughly 50 years later the ‘Moonlight Bunny Ranch’ opened in Nevada. The law that legalizes brothels in Nevada is still active and there are almost 30 operating and licensed brothels in the state. Over the last 13 years, Netherlands, Germany and New Zealand all legalized prostitution, with controls in place such as working permit and age restrictions.
As is obvious with the above history lesson, prostitution has always been a complicated issue throughout the last thousands of years. It’s one that involves many facets of morals, humanity, rights, laws, and imposed restrictions. One thing’s for sure, whether we like it or not – it’s here to stay. Lawmakers, politicians and the public should support the options which mean the greater good for all parties involved.