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            Prostitution is the performance of sexual acts solely for the purpose of material gain. Persons prostitute themselves when they grant sexual favors to others in exchange for money, gifts, or other payment. In legal terms, the word prostitute refers only to those who engage overtly in such sexual-economic transactions, usually for a specified sum of money. .
             Prostitutes may be of either sex, but throughout history the majority have been women.
             Prostitution is said to date back as far as we can remember. In ancient Rome Street prostitutes offered services to patrons of the theater, races and gladiator contests. When contests were over, prostitutes would take the patrons to arches beneath the public buildings known as the cellae fornicae. This is where the word fornication came from, meaning sex between unmarried individuals. .
             Through the years, prostitution remained as a means of employment for poor women. Selling sexual favors was their main hope for survival. In the beginning of the 20th century, prostitution was done in houses which many called "hoar houses-. The prostitutes lived in these homes and performed their acts their. Small red lights were used to show the houses were open and they became known as red light districts. These houses are still around in Nevada and parts of Europe.
             There are five different types of prostitutes. .
             Starting from the lowest standard to the highest.
             The first type is a street walker- this is a prostitute who sells themselves on the street. Streetwalkers usually walk through the night and but when walking through the day they usually stay in front of x-rated movie houses. After getting a customer the prostitute usually goes back to her apartment or a cheap hotel. Other places where streetwalkers sell themselves are rest areas on highways. .
             The second type are bar prostitutes. There is usually an arrangement between the bar owner and the prostitute.

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