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Femmes de Maison, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, c. 1893–95

You must have heard a number of times that prostitution is the oldest profession that has ever existed on this planet. However, the oldest profession is neither prostitution nor pimping. Most historians agree that the oldest professions are hunting and gathering, and some form of farming. However, prostitution has been found in almost every civilization throughout documented human civilization history. It can safely be said that someone somewhere bartered commodities or services for sex.

Civilizational history of prostitution

There has been a mention or two about prostitution in almost all civilizational texts. The 18th century BCE Code of Hammurabi has references to prostitution. The code talks about safeguarding the inheritance rights of prostitutes who did not have males to look after them. In 6th century BC Solon, brothels were funded by the state perhaps for the first time. This was also the period when prostitutes were divided into three distinct classes: slaves, street dwellers and educated  entertainers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 The first known ban on prostitution was imposed in AD 590, when Reccared banned it in Spain shortly after being converted. This was done in an attempt to align the nation with the concurrent religious ideology. While men where exempt from punishment, guilty women were whipped and exiled. More moderate regulations on prostitution were applied in the rule of Henry II in 1161. But the practice was permitted, despite the discouragement.

The first welcoming

The first relevant change in attitude was notices in 1358 when Italy virtually embraced prostitution. The Venice Council declared the profession as an “indispensable worldly affair.” Throughout the next two centuries, the country saw a great upsurge in brothels funded by the government.  

But the welcoming of the 14th century was not long-lasted. In 1586, the Pope mandated death penalty for prostitution. While many punishments existed even then, the new Pope was frustrated by the non-enforcement and ordered death penalty for all women who would participate in the profession.

In a progressive measure, the Bureau of Morals was established in France in 1802. The conventional bans were lifted and a newly set up police force manned the houses of prostitution, ensuring compliance with the law.

The ugly and tolerant faces

Modern forms of prostitution have shown traits of both feminism and hegemony. While the 1932 Japan was shamed with the splurge of forced prostitution upon women from Japan occupied territories, the 1956 Indian enforcement banned sex trafficking of women while being more tolerant to the prostitution houses in general.

1971 Nevada acceptance

When Americans speak of Nevada in general, they do not refer to it as the most liberal of regions in the US. While the politicians in the state have rejected legalized forms of prostitution with consistency, they have not consented to the notion of banning it at the state level. As a result, counties either ban brothel or allow them to function legally.

Sweden takes a feminist approach

In 1999, Sweden took a remarkable step in dealing with outlawed prostitution. Until then, anti-prostitution enforcements generally focussed on trials and punishments on the prostitutes. But a new approach was attempted in 1999. The government of the day classified the process as a violence-form against women. Amnesty was offered to prostitutes and the government helped the women transition into other disciplines of work.

In the Americas

The Aztecs were good with both the acceptance and management of brothels. The religious sects of the day believed that women had the right to work as sex workers if they wished to. They were only required to practice within protected property. These people were even given to protecting these ancient ‘escorts’.

Historic prostitution in Japan and the contemporary strings

The escort and prostitution industry of the day is similar to how things have been in Japan for a long time, where both males and females took openly to the profession. The high courtesans from sixteenth century Japan were open only to offers by the rich and famous.

As we would know, history has shared a bitter-sweet relationship with the practice of prostitution. Call girls and escorts of the day are far better placed than there random counterparts from history. But there are still reasonable restrictions that apply to prevent abuse of minors and prevention of exploitation.

 The escort industry today

The industry of escorts has evolved a great deal, with almost all locations of international tourist interest also having a sex tourism angle attached to it. Individuals and company-bound escorts work under reasonable restrictions in almost all parts of the world.

While there are a few countries that are still sceptic about prostitution as a profession, they are few and far between. In most parts of the world, prostitution has found acceptance, with some corners going boom about the practice. And of course, the industry has grown from an outcast entity to one that supports, and often gestates other industries. 

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