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The performance of sexual activity for hire

prostitution

STD Performance of sexual work–ie, sexual activity for hire Epidemiology There are 0.5–2 million prostitutes–US; enter the field ± age 14; arrests for prostitution/commercialized vice, 1992 ♀ 47,526; ♂ 24,401; 17% of ♂ have solicited prostitutes. See Child prostitution, Sexual work, Sexually transmitted diseases.

prostitution

(pros″tĭ-too′shŏn, -tū′) [L. prostitutio, prostitution]
The exchange of sexual favors for money. It is a risk factor for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, hepatitis, and AIDS.

prostitution

Sale of sex, most commonly by women. This may be a part-time or full-time private enterprise or one organized on a small or large scale by pimp, brothel-keepers or call-girl ring organizers. In general, the lot of the prostitute is not a happy one and most of the girls involved are driven by economic necessity into an unpleasant and often dangerous trade. Many of them, through inadequacy of one kind or another, are unable to sustain more conventional employment. The legal status of prostitution varies considerably from country to country and even within a country. Prostitution is legal, for instance, in Nevada, but illegal in other American states. Most male prostitutes offer services to other men, but a few (gigolos) cater for women.
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