CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF PROSTITUTION
Legally, Prostitution is the sale of sexual services. The services may consist of any sexual acts, including those which do not involve copulation. While payment may be any nonsexual consideration, most commonly it is the form of "money". Prostitution is said to be one of the “oldest profession in the world”. Most people do the jobs they do only for the money, not because they actually enjoy "the work" enough to continue doing it even without a monetary reward. It is the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire but excludes sexual activity between spouses. It is the performance for hire where there is an exchange of value, any of the following acts: Sexual intercourse; sodomy, or; manual or other bodily contact stimulation of the genitals of any person with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desires of the offender or another. ( Sanchez and Agpaoa) Most of the prostitutes come from the rank of the girls working in the hospitality industry. Women in the industry are considered as an economic commodity and sexual merchanadise, which bring in profit. (Rosales) At present, women no longer dominate prostitution. There are also males who are engage in prostitution. As publisher in Panorama, call boys call on right behind the backs and fronts of law enforcement officers. Police are helpless against male prostitutes because of the absence of the law that prohibits bold shows. It was observed that the most of the call boys clientele are the gays and rich mathrons. Like call girls, these people are offering their sexual devices for money. ( Reyes )
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The first account of prostitution in the Bible is found in Genesis, where Judah – one of Jacob’s twelve sons, descended from Abraham – paid the bride price, in accordance with Israelite custom, for Tamar and gave her to his eldest son. Long story short, she eventually went to the second son, who refused to copulate with her. Through no fault of her own, Tamar was sent back to her relatives in shame as a poor investment, as she produced no children. Determined to prove that the fault lay with Judah’s sons, she approached his tents disguised and exchanged sex with Judah for a goat. Tamar became pregnant, and avoided harsh punishment for being a pregnant widow that shamed Judah and his sons by revealing keepsakes given to the prostitute employed by Judah. Through prostitution, Tamar proved that it was her husbands who failed in conception. As in Sumerian and Babylonian societies, there existed a hierarchy of prostitutes. The elitehetaerae – a term always denoting female prostitute entertainers – made substantially more money, and had to be freeborn; this meant that slave prostitutes were motivated to earn enough money so that they could purchase their freedom and thereby increase their income. However, the expenses of this upper class were also greater: they offered symbolic gifts to the gods and had to maintain beautiful bodies and homes. Besides reading, maintaining physical beauty consumed much of their time. The hetaerae also enjoyed a social influence that far exceeded that of the non-prostitute women: some became famous for their clientele, others for their beauty, and they and their interactions were often recorded in some manner. The pornai, on the other hand, could be either male or female and were accessible to all classes of men. Prostitution in the Philippines is illegal, but widely prevalent. Penalties range up to life imprisonment for those involved in trafficking, which is covered by the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. Prostitution is often available through bars, karaoke bars (also known as KTVs), massage parlors, brothels (also known as casa), street walkers, and escort services. In 2013 it was estimated that there were up to 500,000 prostitutes in the Philippines. In her “Anti-Prostitution Act” (Senate Bill No. 2341), Senator...
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