What is Prostitution?
• Engaging in sexual relations for
• Prostitution is an act , a practice
and even an occupation.
• Commonly referred to as
• Prostitution is considered the earliest form
of business dating from the ancient Babylon
and Sumer(ancient Mesopotamia) in the 18th
century BCE .It took place in the temples
and shrines and was commonly known as
• But these temples were later destroyed by
emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD
and replaced with Christianity.
A fun history of Prostitution (2400BC-499)
• Sumerian record earliest practice of prostitution.
• Kar.kid Female prostitute
• Kurgarru Male prostitute
• Hammurabi’s code that mention the rights of
prostitutes and their children(1780 BC).
• Legal brothels in China(600 BC) by Kuang Chuang.
• Trained Hetairai in Ancient Greece(400 BC).
• Prostitution is carried out by prostitutes or
commercial sex workers.
• Other words are: hooker, ho/hoe, whore, slut,
trumpet, call girl among others.
• Male: gigolo, pansy boy, rent boy, male escort etc
Types of Prostitution
• Bar Girls/Strip Clubs
• Brothel Prostitutes : under
• Call girls : Expensive.
• Skeezers : barter drugs for sex
• Cyber Prostitutes: internet
• Streetwalkers : lowest
• Circuit travelers : groups.
• Massage parlors
Causes of Prostitution
• Let us view prostitution in an economic perspective:
• There is actually a supply and demand chain.
• These can act as catalyst towards spreading and controlling
Where is the Demand?
• Men These are the ultimate consumers of sex.
• They create the demand.
• The State legalizing prostitution and taking tax from it.
• The Exploiters Composed of pimps, traffickers, brothel
• owners, organized crime members and corrupt officials.
• Culture mass media plays a large role in prostitution, they portray it as a
glamorous way of making a lot of money quickly. Pornography also.
• Empowerment of sex work and sex workers by some NGO’s & lobby groups
Where is the Supply
• Women, ladies, young children there exist a large number of these
group of people who are willing to join prostitution.
• Though others have been forced into the act.
Causes of this supply
• HIV/AIDS Epidemic.
• Gender differences.
• Weak political commitment.