Prostitution may be an ancient profession and have had sacred roots, but it was soon commercialised (in many countries this was with the complicity of its rulers) and it is both interesting and significant that it still thrives today. It would appear there are underlying causal factors that won’t go away. If we take the fact that men are wont to ‘do it’ anytime, anywhere, anyway as a given, then, from the seller’s point of view, the most likely basic factor is their human will to survive in the face of poverty. Others factors are rooted in a country’s economic fortune (+ or -), its political structure, Laws, and the socio-religious make-up of its inhabitants. If you look into these factors in depth you can see cause and effect at work. In a truly egalitarian society where poverty is unknown (no, I don’t know of any), given the lack of need, prostitution would be rare if not totally absent. There would simply be no need for a female to exchange her favours for money, and no need for parents to force their child into that trade. The male, of course, would continue to seek stray sexual liaisons with other willing woman, be it for money or for love, and would wear out his shoes crossing borders to find it. However it is notably in countries where there is unequal distribution of opportunity and wealth – and this would describe most on this planet today – where prostitution flourishes. Perversely, in some relatively affluent and perhaps morally lax consumer orientated societies, some women misguidedly see prostitution simply as an easy earner: an opportunity to make a lazy quick buck.

Prostitution may be an ancient profession and have had sacred roots, but it was soon commercialised (in many countries this was with the complicity of its ruler...