What is the importance of female prostitution


Table of Contents

  1. Generally
  2. Involved
  3. Places and spaces
  4. Criticism and Outlook


Prostitution is the provision of sexual services for a fee. It can take place freely and voluntarily or under duress (forced prostitution), in connection with human trafficking and slavery. One speaks with a wink of the horizontal trade (although fast sex is often a vertical one), exaggeratedly of the oldest trade in the world and ambiguously of love that can be bought. Securing livelihoods can be the goal as well as the procurement of consumer and luxury goods (in this sense mostly casual prostitution, as in the case of schoolgirls in Japan) or (rather the exception) the gain of pleasure. In antiquity, temple prostitution may have appeared alongside commercial prostitution.


It is mainly women, young women and children who prostitute themselves (which leads to child abuse). They are colloquially or disparagingly called whores, whores and hookers. Terms such as "love servant", "joy girl" and "curb swallow" ironize and romanticise the activity. Hetaera, mistresses, courtesans and geishas are more or less respected providers of sexual and other services in their time and culture. Men and male adolescents and children also engage in sexual acts for remuneration and offer their bodies to both men and women. One speaks of prostitutes and prostitutes, lust boys and call boys. The intermediaries between prostitutes and customers (clients) are the pimps. Love dolls and sex robots replace or complement human prostitutes. Brothels have opened in several countries where only love dolls can be found.

Places and spaces

Prostitution takes place in brothels and whorehouses, in night clubs and strip clubs, in private and model apartments - or outdoors (rest stops, street prostitutes), where toilets, parks and vehicles are used for execution. In swinger clubs prostitutes come together with individuals and couples. Massage studios offer either erotic massages or the full range of sexual acts, similar to facilities and people who use sexual assistance to target the disabled and the elderly. Whether or not care robots should take on such tasks is a matter of controversy. Call girls and boys who are self-employed or employees of escort services serve customers at home or in the hotel or accompany them on trips. Love dolls can be found in more and more brothels and can be borrowed from agencies. Portals and websites are used for advertising, mediation and evaluation.

Criticism and Outlook

Prostitution has been illegal in Sweden since 1998 (clients are punished). In Switzerland it is legal and omnipresent, in the city as well as in the country. In Zurich there are so-called Verrichtungsboxen, which have made street prostitution largely obsolete and are operated by the Social Department. In Germany, the Prostitution Act (ProstG, since 2002) and the Prostitute Protection Act (ProstSchG, since 2016) apply, which, depending on the perspective, legitimize the sex trade and regulate it in a liberal manner or harass employees. Prohibiting prostitution can lead to it migrating to the streets and into uncontrollable areas. Whores and prostitutes take considerable risks outdoors and must fear becoming victims of verbal and physical violence. The fundamental limitation of the supply can also result in a permanent decrease in demand. Psychology is devoted to the trauma of prostitutes, ethics to their self-determination and external determination as well as to human dignity, not least of the severely disabled and the very old, who tend to be denied regular sexual experience.