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Prostitution:the practice of engaging in sexual activity, in exchange money or other goods ; expensive clothing, jewelery,
etc.
Prostitution is often called the "world's oldest profession." It is a global phenomenon. In the vast majority of countries
prostitution is illegal, but some countries have legalised it under certain conditions.It has been around for a long time.

                       
Images: 1).Middle Ages Prostitute. 2).Neat lodgings for men - 1787 caricature of prostitutes. 3).1800's No. 9 Girls Group
portrati of prostitutes in the Shimpuro Brothel, Yokohama.

The commercial sex industry includes street prostitution, massage brothels, escort services, outcall services, strip clubs,
lapdancing, phone sex, adult and child pornography, video and internet pornography, and prostitution tourism. Most women
who are in prostitution for longer than a few months drift among these various permutations of the commercial sex industry.
All prostitution causes harm to women. Prostitution: Factsheet on Human Rights Violations

There are several types of prostitution:
Street prostitution:
The prostitute or "streetwalker" solicits customers while waiting at street corners, usually dressed in skimpy clothing.
They are commonly associated with a pimp, a man who lives off the proceeds of several prostitutes and may offer some
protection in return.
Escort/Out-call prostitution
In escort prostitution, the act takes place at the customer's place of residence or more commonly at his or her hotel room
(currently referred to as "out-call"), or at the escort's place of residence or in a hotel room rented for the occasion by the
escort (called "incall"). This form of prostitution often shelters under the umbrella of escort agencies.Some escorts may
work independently of an agency. They usually advertise their services in newspapers, magazines or on the internet.
Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution, often confined to special red-light districts in big
cities. There are many other services prostitutes offer to clients.

The Amsterdam Red-Light District
Probably you have heard about the Amsterdam Red-Light District as this is a very famous section in
the Netherlands. Much to your surprise, what you may have heard is true! Here are some facts about
the Amsterdam Red-Light District, a place unlike any place else.
The famous Amsterdam Red-Light District covers a large area in the oldest part of the city. It has been
servicing the personal needs and desires of locals and visitors for five centuries, and thanks to the old
buildings leaning at odd angles overlooking the tree-enshrouded canals that a certain charm tempts
you to linger longer in the area. In this district, music of every genre can be heard along the streets
from a dozen or more places late at night.
And, it is the classier restaurants, redone streets, and revamped facades that transform what once
dark and dingy into one of the most attractive parts of town - the Amsterdam Red-Light District.There
are actually three Red-Light Districts in the city:
the main area is in the Walletjes area, the Singel, and de Pijp. De Wallen, also known as Walletjes or Rosse Buurt, is
the largest and best-known red-light district in Amsterdam.It is located in the heart of the oldest part of the city.
Other cities of the Netherlands accommodating famous Red-Light Districts are Utrecht, Den Haag, Rotterdam, Alkmaar
and Groningen.  

          

Prostitution in the District
Did you know that prostitution is legal in the Netherlands? Yes, it is! It is most concentrated in the Amsterdam Red-Light
District where it has enjoyed a long tradition of tolerance. It has been reported that since October 2000, window prostitutes
have been allowed to legally ply their trade. Much to your surprise, the prostitutes in the Netherlands are also taxpayers.
However, discrimination is still very much part and parcel in this kind of trade as a number of the prostitutes reported that
some banks even refuse to grant mortgages for instance.
Now, as a legal profession, the government ensures that all prostitutes are able to access medical care and work in
better conditions by way of regulating and monitoring working practices and standards. Also, it is worth noting that
contrary to the popular belief, the Amsterdam Red-Light District is actually the safest area in the city as clusters of policemen and private bodyguards employed by the girls themselves are always on duty.
Article written by Burt Cotton. liberal politics

Estimated number of prostitutes in the following countries and cities:
In 2001, the number of prostitutes in the world is estimated at 40 millions, 75 % of them aged between 13 and 25. Every
year, about four million new women and children fall victim to the world trafficking for the purpose of prostitution.
Moscow. An estimated 15,000 "organized" prostitutes and about 120 brothels
India. An estimated 2.3 million women in prostitution.Over 1,000 red-light districts all over India.
Korea. 18,000 registered and 9,000 unregistered prostitutes.
Malaysia. 142,000 prostitutes in Malaysia, with between 8,000-10,000 in Kuala Lumpur.
Philippines. An estimated 300,000 women in prostitution.
Indonesia. 65,582 registered prostitutes in 1994.
Thailand. Estimates on the number of women in prostitution range from 300,000 to 2.8 million.
Japan. The largest sex industry market for Asian women. Over 150,000 non-Japanese women in prostitution, more than
half are Filipinas, 40 percent are Thai women.
USA. 100,000 and 3 million adolescents Involved in prostitution annually in this country.
Chicago. Police estimate the number of prostitutes at anywhere between 16,000 and 25,000.
Sweden. 2,500. app.
Belgium. 12,000 - 30,000. app.
Austria. 17,500. app.
Denmark. 6000. app.
Finland. 4000. app.
France. 20 000 - 40 000. app.
Greece. 10 000 - 15 000. app.
Italy. 60 000. app.
UK. 80 000. app.