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Prostitution is the exchange of some kind of sexual service for money. Prostitution is a significant institution to study because it holds a distinct place in a wide variety of societies across the globe. In the United States alone, prostitutes serve approximately 1.5 million customers a week (Pateman 53). It is a historical profession that has lasted, with high demand, for hundreds of years. In the modern era, the issue of prostitution should be a pivotal conversation. Movements such as the Me Too Movement have brought to light the sheer prevalence of sexual assault in American society. Women’s rights are a popular topic, not only within the United States, but throughout the world. Sex trafficking and slavery are at an all-time high, and societies are beginning to acknowledge this as a serious problem. It is interesting, though, that issues such as reproductive rights or sexual assault are promulgated in the media and everyday conversation, but prostitution is typically not. Prostitution is an equally important topic within women’s issues as sex trafficking or equal pay. It can have just as devastating consequences to both women and society as a whole.


This paper was presented as part of the Crime and Deviance course (SOCI 3023).



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