Prostitution

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Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for payment.wikipedia
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Prostitution by region

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Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms, and its legal status varies from country to country (sometimes from region to region within a given country), ranging from being an enforced or unenforced crime, to unregulated, to a regulated profession.
]]Prostitution is illegal in the majority of African countries.

Sex industry

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It is one branch of the sex industry, along with pornography, stripping, and erotic dancing.
The industry includes activities involving direct provision of sex-related services, such as prostitution, strip clubs, host and hostess clubs and sex-related pastimes, such as pornography, sex-oriented men's magazines, sex movies, sex toys and fetish and BDSM paraphernalia.

Oldest profession (phrase)

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It is sometimes referred to euphemistically as "the world's oldest profession" in the English-speaking world.
The oldest profession in the world (or the world's oldest profession) is a phrase that, unless another meaning is specified, refers to prostitution.

Brothel

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Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution.
A brothel, bordello, or whorehouse is a place where people engage in sexual activity with prostitutes.

Child prostitution

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Some view prostitution as a form of exploitation of or violence against women, and children, that helps to create a supply of victims for human trafficking.
Child prostitution is prostitution involving a child, and it is a form of commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Sex tourism

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There are about 42 million prostitutes in the world, living all over the world (though most of Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa lacks data, studied countries in that large region rank as top sex tourism destinations).
Sex tourism is travel to a different locale for the sake of sexual activity, particularly with prostitutes.

Prostitution in Norway

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This approach has also been adopted by Canada, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, and France.
Prostitution (Prostitusjon) in Norway is illegal, in that offering consideration for sexual acts (seksuelle tjenester or seksuelle ytelser), but not selling sex, is a criminal offence.

Escort agency

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In escort prostitution, the act may take place at the client's residence or hotel room (referred to as out-call), or at the escort's residence or a hotel room rented for the occasion by the escort (in-call).
An escort agency is a company that provides escorts for clients, usually for sexual services.

Stripper

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It is one branch of the sex industry, along with pornography, stripping, and erotic dancing.
This can include erotic and nude modeling, pornography, escorting, and in some cases prostitution.

Prostitution in the Republic of Ireland

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This approach has also been adopted by Canada, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, and France.
Although the 2017 law criminalising clients was designed to reduce the demand for prostitution, as of 2018 the law has had little effect.

Prostitution in Canada

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This approach has also been adopted by Canada, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, and France.
There has long been a general agreement that the status quo of prostitution in Canada was problematic, but there has been little consensus on what should be done.

Male prostitution

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Correctly or not, use of the word prostitute without specifying a sex may commonly be assumed to be female; compound terms such as male prostitution or male escort are therefore often used to identify males.
The terms used for male prostitutes generally differ from those used for females.

Street prostitution

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Another form is street prostitution.
Street prostitution is often illegal, even in jurisdictions that allow other forms of prostitution.

Pornography

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It is one branch of the sex industry, along with pornography, stripping, and erotic dancing.
The word pornography was coined from the ancient Greek words πόρνη (pórnē "prostitute" and πορνεία porneía "prostitution" ), and γράφειν (gráphein "to write or to record", derived meaning "illustration", as in "graph"), and the suffix -ία (-ia, meaning "state of", "property of", or "place of"), thus meaning "a written description or illustration of prostitutes or prostitution".

Lower East Side

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Although a popular etymology connects "hooker" with Joseph Hooker, a Union general in the American Civil War, the word more likely comes from the concentration of prostitutes around the shipyards and ferry terminal of the Corlear's Hook area of Manhattan in the 1820s, who came to be referred to as "hookers".
In the course of the 19th century they came to be called hookers.

Kerb crawler

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In some places, men who drive around red-light districts for the purpose of soliciting prostitutes are also known as kerb crawlers.
A kerb crawler (or curb crawler) is a person who drives around areas known for street prostitution soliciting prostitutes for sexual activity.

Prostitution in Iceland

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This approach has also been adopted by Canada, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, and France.
In April 2009, the Icelandic Parliament passed new legislation that makes paying for sex illegal (the client commits a crime, but not the prostitute).

Prostitution in ancient Greece

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Both women and boys engaged in prostitution in ancient Greece.
Prostitution was a common aspect of ancient Greece.

The Catcher in the Rye

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For instance, in the book The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield says of his brother ("D.B."): "Now he's out in Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute. If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies. Don't even mention them to me."
Following an unpromising visit to Ernie's Nightclub in Greenwich Village, Holden becomes preoccupied with his internal angst and agrees to have a prostitute named Sunny visit his room.

Prostitution in ancient Rome

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Prostitution in ancient Rome was legal, public, and widespread.
In ancient Rome, even Roman men of the highest social status were free to engage prostitutes of either sex without incurring moral disapproval, as long as they demonstrated self-control and moderation in the frequency and enjoyment of sex.

Slavery

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There were some commonalities with the Greek system, but as the Empire grew, prostitutes were often foreign slaves, captured, purchased, or raised for that purpose, sometimes by large-scale "prostitute farmers" who took abandoned children.
Human trafficking primarily involves women and children forced into prostitution and is the fastest growing form of forced labour, with Thailand, Cambodia, India, Brazil and Mexico having been identified as leading hotspots of commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Oiran

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Some similarities have been found between the Greek hetaera, the Japanese oiran, and also the Indian tawaif. Oiran were courtesans in Japan during the Edo period.
The oiran were considered a type of yūjo "woman of pleasure" or prostitute.

Types of prostitution in modern Japan

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Yoshiwara has a large number of soaplands that began when explicit prostitution in Japan became illegal, where women washed men's bodies.
However, the definition of prostitution is strictly limited to coitus with an 'unspecified person'.

Courtesan

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Oiran were courtesans in Japan during the Edo period.
A courtesan, in modern usage, is a euphemism meaning an escort, mistress or a prostitute, for whom the art of dignified etiquette is the means of attracting wealthy, powerful, or influential clients.

Yoshiwara

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Yoshiwara has a large number of soaplands that began when explicit prostitution in Japan became illegal, where women washed men's bodies.
In the early 17th century, there was widespread male and female prostitution throughout the cities of Kyoto, Edo, and Osaka.