Prostitution is broadly defined as the performance of sexual acts for financial remuneration. It is estimated that 40–42 million people engage in prostitution worldwide, though exact numbers are difficult to ascertain because prostitution is largely illegal, involves criminal networks, and is associated with human trafficking. Discourse regarding prostitution has predominantly focused on street prostitution, despite it being the least prevalent form of sex work. Other forms include brothel work, escorting, call boy/girl rolls, massage parlor workers, and gender performers. This does not include managers and pimps (indirect participants in the sex industry) nor customers who pay for sexual services. Although primarily focused on the academic discourse regarding prostitution, this entry also discusses risk factors, differences among the various types of prostitution, and future research directions.


Prostitution ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles