Prostitution, Race, and Empire
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Prostitution has always both fascinated and repelled those who read about it and those who comment on it. This mundane but mostly reliable source of income has been debated as a moral issue, an economic issue, a health hazard, and as a phenomenon defining gender relations. Opinions mostly remain deeply ambivalent, unable to reject either the idea of male sexual need or the moral strictures that dictate "proper" sexual contact. But amidst the rubble and confusion of these debates are the many men and women who work in and profit by the trade, or who constitute its clientele. In many areas of the world prostitution is big business, and has provided women with a better living than many of the other employment options open to them. And yet historically, prostitution has regularly been denigrated as work's opposite, a haven for those who will not work.