Ins. Fionnuala Regan
May 20, 2013
Prostitution I am sure we have all heard the old cliché “Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession” correct” Well, contrary to that old fallacy, prostitution is almost certainly not the world 's oldest profession, but it has been present in nearly every civilization and throughout all recorded human history. I can say with some confidence that wherever there has been money, goods, or services to be bartered, somebody has bartered them for sex. In retrospect, it all comes down to supply and demand. In presenting this paper, my intention is to inform the inquisitive reader about prostitution; its history, the causes of prostitution and why women remain in this age old profession.
What is Prostitution? According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, prostitution has been defined as:
1 : the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money
2 : the state of being prostituted : DEBASEMENT".
History of Prostitution I am sure we have all heard this before: “What two consenting adults do behind closed doors is their own business.”, and in the United States, it 's almost true. Arguments guarding sexual rights and privacy won out in the landmark Supreme Court ruling Lawrence v. Texas, in which state sodomy laws were declared unconstitutional. However, this ruling did not apply to people who wanted to exchange sex for money and the sex workers ' rights are unprotected, and to this day, still remain a political battleground. People who bought and sold sexual services were and still are arrested, shamed, compelled into “rehabilitation” programs, and branded with criminal records. But let’s take a look when there was a time in American history when it wasn 't quite so. You see, laws against selling sex are fairly new, in fact just about 100 years old, and into play after the sex trade took root in American cities. From New Amsterdam
References: Time Magazine in the Aug. 23, 1971, retrieved from the website http://prostitution.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000116 Historical Timeline retrieved from the website: http://prostitution.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000117 (1937).