History of Prostitution

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Prostitution Prostitution dates back to as early as 2400 BC and has formed an interesting chapter in the history of civilization. Prostitution is known to be one of the oldest professions and roughly started all the way back to the 18th century in Mesopotamia. In Ancient Babylon and Sumer, one of the first ever forms of prostitution was sacred prostitution. This was where every woman, rich or poor, had to reach once in their lives the sanctuary of Mylitta (Aphrodite) and there submit themselves into the embraces of a foreigner as a symbolic sign of hospitality and respect towards the goddess. In the Ancient near east, sacred prostitution was a common thing for women to show their dedication to the deities. However, it all ended when Emperor Constantine abolished the custom, destroyed the goddess temples and replaced them for a church to teach Christianity. In Ancient Greece, Prostitution was something both women and men engaged in. The Greek word for prostitute is porne (Gr: πόρνη), derived from the verb pernemi (to sell). It was looked at more as a job rather than a sign of respect. Prostitution was something mostly women turned to when they were in dire financial need. Their activities would occur in places called a Lumpinar or Lumpinarium, which was a vaulted space or cellar. These brothels were described to be very dirty and due to the poor ventilated spaces, the smoke from the burning candles caused the smell to be very potent. Male prostitution was also very common in Ancient Greece, usually practiced in young boys. In Ancient Rome, prostitution was legal, public, and widespread. It played a role in several roman religious observances, usually in the month of April, where the love and fertility goddess presided. At the same... ... middle of paper ... ...r pimps; A Paradigim Shift. This project has provided a method to address prostitution. Success stories of women rescued from sex trafficking keep this effort in motion. From the project’s beginning in August 2011 through April 2012, the APD vice detail has saved 29 women from their traffickers. Almost 40 percent are under 18 years old. Of those juveniles, records indicated that 77 percent were missing persons. Traffickers transported 81 percent of the 29 out of their home counties. In conclusion, Prostitution is said to be the world’s oldest professions. Prostitution has evolved throughout the years and it has caused much controversy cross-culturally and historically and which has many individuals reexamining the logistics of it. It has affected our society in many ways for it could be looked at as a harmful threat of just as a way to get by and pay the bills.
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