It is the easiest from of labor for those who do not havea proper education or the economic background to join the legal labor force. Many menand women have found this line of work to be extremely rewarding in monetary aspects. Therefore the globalisation and popularity of prostitution is not seen as a huge surprise. Prostitution has been on the streets and behind doors since the sixteenth century. It was present during the medieval period through the Victorian period and now to thepresent time. In the past, prostitution was seen as morally wrong and a great socialevil.
During the medieval time in Europe and England, prostitutes were fully exploitedby society. In medieval Europe and England, prostitutes were known to be single womenwho could not marry. There were not many opportunities for single women in the laborforce during this time. If women were unable to marry, they turned to prostitution as analternative out of economic necessity. The medieval society felt the need to stigmatizeand exploit the single women for prostitution. The Victorians saw prostitution as asocial evil and refused to accept it in their society.
Prostitution was tolerated in asense, but seen as big nuisance in the streets. Society was disturbed by it, but did nothingto change the problem. Children were forced into prostitution by their parents orguardians. Many women and children were given off to perform sexual activities inexchange for money.
The Victorians tolerated prostitution, but never accepted it as partof their society. By the mid-nineteenth century, prostitution became more open andaccepted. Men of all social classes went to brothels and engaged in sexual activities withstreet prostitutes. The government became lenient in their resistant to strengthening thelaws against prostitutes. Regulation or systematic toleration was put into place as a resultof the changing attitudes towards prostitution.
The government realized that prostitutioncould never completely disappear, so it was tolerated and regulated simultaneously. Street prostitution is the largest group of prostitution today. It is the easiest tojoin because there are not many necessities or requirements involved. Three majorgroups of street prostitution exist.
Professionals who work full time for a living, the oneswho work to feed a habit, and the part-time workers who work to support their familyThe professionals join this line of work through their own volition and make a long lifecareer out of it. Many of them are sex crazed and therefore choose to become prostitutes. The prostitutes that work to feed a habit, usually work to get money for drugs andalcohol. Intravenous drugs has become linked with prostitution in the past few years. The criminalization of prostitution has forced it into the streets where drugs and alcoholare abundantly present. The prostitutes become addicted to the drugs and use prostitutionto feed this addiction.
Part-time workers need the money to feed their children, pay thebills, or for extra cash. They usually practice prostitution on the side to make ends meet. Street prostitution has become one of the biggest trades for women who need easy moneyProstitution has been criminalized for so long, but still the problems have notbeen solved or even slightly changed. It has been pushed underground where it hasbecome the third most commonest way of transmission of AIDS and the closestassociation of drugs. The criminalization of prostitution has caused it to become unsafe,unclean, and forced it into association with criminal activity.
Prostitutes are bigcontributors to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases because of this. Legalizingprostitution will curtail the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and keep them undercontrol, take it off the streets to more regulated and comfortable surroundings, and makethe police squads free to control real illegal acts. The laws against prostitution have never been effective because they have neverbeen strictly enforced. They are not practiced on a regular basis. Many times theprostitutes are just fined when caught performing the illegal action. This shows signs oftolerance, not enforcement of laws.