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Prostitution Prostitution might appear to be an odd topic for historical inquiry As the worlds oldest profession concerned with buying and selling something as natural and unchanging as sex it might seem to have no history However prostitution is subject to historical change and is shaped by the society in which it exists In the United States over the last couple hundred years the nature of prostitution and the experiences of people working as prostitutes have varied a great deal The character of womens economic options has affected them by economic depression by wars by changing popular attitudes and in particular by the law and the ways in which the police the courts and the prisons have administered the law Organized political resistance has also played a role Women working as prostitutes have developed strategies to survive and resist increasing social control At the same time the unique cultures of prostitutes are also formed by factors not immediately related to their work For example prostitution is more prevalent in working class communities and families The historical record of prostitution however points us towards examining issues of social control religion profits disease and legal regulations It is funny how prostitution is the worlds oldest profession and yet it is still only legal in one of the fifty United States of America Prostitution could be a guaranteed moneymaker for the Internal Revenue Service instead it remains a seedy underside of society It seems obvious to me that prostitution should be legalized although statistics regarding the rates of disease and death from such an industry are difficult to verify it is common sense that the cost to society is high Consider the necessary evils of pimps or procurers these are men and occasionally women who traffic in the flesh of others as tax free as the Catholic Church I might add And prostitutes themselves whether working in a legal brothel in Nevada or on the corner
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