PROSTITUTION HAS BEEN called the oldest profession, and while there is some truth to this statement, how prostitution or sex work is culturally and legally defined varies from one culture to another and over time. The word, prostitute, originates in Latin and means “up front” or “to expose.”

This referred to the early Roman female prostitutes who were not required to cover their faces like other women. However, this was not considered a plus, but rather a sort of public shaming, even though prostitutes were free from male domination or patriarchy.

Male Culture

Usually, Roman prostitutes were slaves who were owned and controlled through the brothels. However, other prostitutes were also performers who operated freely in selling their services. Additionally, males were also prostitutes in ancient Rome. Although ...

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