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The Volatile History of Prostitution

            It is said that prostitution is the oldest profession, and indeed, "the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money," has been a part of world culture for centuries. The act of prostitution was first noted in early Sumerian society, dating back to 2400 B.C. (Brief History of Prostitution"). During this time, prostitution was considered a legitimate profession and even appeared on the Sumerian list of viable jobs, along with doctors, cooks, barbers, and scribes. .
             Over time, more conservative societies have changed their views of prostitution. As the practice of selling ones body or sexual services for money continued to expand and develop, society began seeing it as detrimental to society, having a negative impact on both the prostitute and the willing customer. .
             Although prostitution provides a means of income, it has also has linked to numerous sexually transmitted diseases. Along with the spreading of these illnesses, a life of prostitution is a hotbed of rape, robbery, and physical/psychological abuse. Because the act of selling oneself for financial gain can be harmful, prostitution is illegal in most of the United States, as well as the rest of the world. Even though it's illegal, the industry has continued to persevere, moving forward despite the harsh realities. Currently, the United States has placed the act of prostitution into three different categories: street, brothel, and escort prostitution (Swift). And in the eyes of millions, prostitution is immoral, intolerable, and should be completely eliminated from society.
             During the year 500 B.C., numerous Greek brothels opened their doors, giving men easy access to an array of women (and boys or other men). These brothels were (and still are) establishments where prostitutes could work for a short period of time while making a good salary. Many individuals were attracted to the profession because age was not a factor - people of all ages were considered candidates for prostitution.

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