1 : the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money"
Since most religions state premarital sex as being bad and shameful, they would definately feel more offended by prostitution. Prostitutes can be both men and women, although it is predominatly women who pick up this occupation whether they were willing to do get into it or not. In very few areas is prostitution legal, the most popular one that everyone knows being Amsterdam. But is it really all that bad? It gives those who have a history of unemployment and those in very unfortunate situations a means of earning money.
One particular case of someone being forced into prostitution in order to survive is Elena Reynaga...the general secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Sex Workers Network. She was 15 when she married, and 17 when her husband left her with two children to raise by herself. At this point, she didn't know how to read or write. So what did she do? She entered the work of prostitution and only learned to read and write at the age of 47.
Protitutes often have a hard life, and the activity being illegal makes it even harder for them. This is because they are harrassed by the police, abused and cheated by utheir clients because of their illegitimacy.
Prostitution is looked down on mainly because it is associated as the primary source of sexually transmitted diseases, however, the very same Elena Reynaga is suggested a way to fight against the spread of AIDS.
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