There are many people on this earth who are single, married, in short or long term relationships or who have one-night-stands whenever they feel like it, but the common denominator is that the sex was consensual. Both parties were happy to oblige and happy to consent with no repercussions.
On the other hand, there are those that will do exactly the same as what I mentioned above, but will simply charge for their time. We call them prostitutes. Prostitution is mainly defined as someone who has sex for money. Simple.
So why do we stick a different label on it when it is still consensual sex, then?
You see, we all know that prostitutes exist, and every country has indirect forms of it, whether it be on the streets, brothels, night clubs, privately at home, massage palours or the escort industry, the list is endless so why the refusal to accept this as just a factor of life?
Please note, that this is merely a discussion and I'm not here to promote or condone prostitution neither debate the legalities of it, I am also aware that there is another violent and coercive side to prostitution which is unacceptable. That's a different topic.
Now, if a married woman is really not in the mood for intimacy and asks her husband for money as a kind of incentive for doing something she didn't want to (as an example, a bottle of Lambrini with the girls or a pair of Jimmy Choos shoes) when he wants sex - would you say she was a prostitute? But if that same husband was to go out and pay another woman for sex with the wife's consent, everyone would agree she was a prostitute. What if your partner had such a good intimate time that they decided to offer you a gift, are you then a prostitute?
So, what's the difference and are we being coherent?
Supposing you had a one night stand and the person decides to leave you a gift or some money because they had such a good night, maybe you even fed them and provided the accommodation. Does accepting that money/gift make you a prostitute? Isn't that the same as what escorts do? They wine and dine and are paid for sex.
My friend slept with a producer so that they could secure a part in a well known TV series. Would you say they were a prostitute?
People prostitute themselves for many reasons, not only for sex. Some use it as a way to get up the work ladder, to marry someone important, to get that important job etc. etc.
What would you sell your body for?
In the Hollywood film 'Set It Off' one of the characters sleeps with a local hoodlum in order for her little brother to have an educational opportunity that will get him out of a ghetto situation. You may not want to believe this, but this type of thing happens every day. Is that prostitution?
Love to hear your thoughts, opinions or view on this.