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The word prostitution has such an ugly connotation to it, that most in the profession prefer to be called concubines, escorts or courtesans.  Some even choose the way one goes about it is how one should be classified.  If you’re a street walker, you’re definitely a whore or a prostitute.  If you belong to a brothel and are able to screen your clientele, you call yourself an escort or a provider.  If however, you screen all your clientele, work by appointment only and consider what you do for a living as an ‘art’, then you are definitely a courtesan or concubine. 

To define prostitution as seen by today’s society let us first look at the history of why it has become what it is today. 

By most Pagan standards, to deny our sexuality is sacrilege, for all acts of pleasure are sacred to the Goddess, therefore they are sacred to us.

Back in the Babylonian times, long before Christianity decided pleasure in sex was not to be had by women, all women practiced a ritual called “Bringing Down the Moon”.  This ritual involves invoking the Goddess within us.  It was ennobling for a woman to act as the “High Priestess” and perform this ritual of the Great Rite with a man worthy of receiving the attention of the Goddess. After the rite was performed the man would leave an offering in the coffer of the Goddess in thanks and appreciation to the Goddess for choosing him to perform the sacred act within the Great Rite.

  *As a Christian, in the 5th century B.C., Herodotus found these rites to be what he called foul.

So something that was held as sacred by all of the known civilized world, became an abomination to the Christians conquering and converting at the end of the sword. 

There was not then, nor would there be now, the incidents of perversion and rape of women from all walks of life.  But then rape is not about sex, it is about power. 

Sex workers simply offer a service to men willing to pay for that service.  It relieves stress, restores happiness in a man’s demeanor, and gives a man what his wife is no longer willing to give, intimacy. 

Because she of course, has been taught that sex is for procreation only, and that she better feel guilt if she has pleasure in it or burn in hell for all eternity. After bearing several children and suffering through  first painful sex, that does not fulfill her needs, then childbirth that rips her insides to shreds, (thanks to the birthing of babies being taken over by Christian male doctors that have not a clue what they are doing), she then goes through menopause which throws her hormonal balance out, and makes sex even more painful. 

This ‘attitude’ towards prostitution has been bred into our psyche, over a couple of millennia and I don’t see a change coming around any time soon.

With these thoughts in mind, I think prostitution should be legalized.  This would keep it between two consenting adults, doing what they have a natural instinct to do and it would eliminate the human trafficking that is currently taking place in the sex worker industry.  By making it criminal they drive it farther underground where it is out of sight and out of mind.  They also put these girls who are trafficked into more dangerous situations, for now they have to walk the streets again, unable to screen their clientele and expose them to more violence that eventually will kill them.  Their pimps don’t care how they have to make the money, they just better make the money.

This however, is only my humble opinion.

*from the wiki encyclopedia
According to Herodotus, the rites performed at these temples included sexual intercourse, or what scholars later called sacred sexual rites:
The foulest Babylonian custom is that which compels every woman of the land to sit in the temple of Aphrodite and have intercourse with some stranger at least once in her life. Many women who are rich and proud and disdain to mingle with the rest, drive to the temple in covered carriages drawn by teams, and stand there with a great retinue of attendants. But most sit down in the sacred plot of Aphrodite, with crowns of cord on their heads; there is a great multitude of women coming and going; passages marked by line run every way through the crowd, by which the men pass and make their choice. Once a woman has taken her place there, she does not go away to her home before some stranger has cast money into her lap, and had intercourse with her outside the temple; but while he casts the money, he must say, "I invite you in the name of Mylitta". It does not matter what sum the money is; the woman will never refuse, for that would be a sin, the money being by this act made sacred. So she follows the first man who casts it and rejects no one. After their intercourse, having discharged her sacred duty to the goddess, she goes away to her home; and thereafter there is no bribe however great that will get her. So then the women that are fair and tall are soon free to depart, but the un-comely have long to wait because they cannot fulfill the law; for some of them remain for three years, or four. There is a custom like this in some parts of Cyprus.2

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