The times were completely different back then. When it comes to embracing certain parts of your personality, it takes courage and strength. Various cultures had different takes on a profession.
Business here, could mean pleasure elsewhere. And, pleasure could mean business somewhere else. It's a funny world we live in.
Prostitution was considered a taboo in the olden times. Recently, there has been progress in the thinking and mentality of certain people. It was unfortunate for some to take up a profession they weren't happy with or even uncomfortable for that matter.
The world's oldest profession has centuries worth of history, and we're not just talking about the United States. All over the world, the selling of the human body has been a common practice for centuries. Prepare to be surprised by these unexpected facts. Let's take a look at the seven cultures throughout history and how prostitution played a role!
Young boys, who were secretly used in prostitution rings, were used as bath attendants and waiters while women were usually forced to stay in their homes. Having an attraction to young men was common in the Ottoman Empire, and it led many women to also take up the act to make themselves feel attractive. Unfortunately, females in that profession were forced to lose their homes and got thrown behind bars for their actions.
Political figures allowed prostitution to be held in select buildings in Mexico called Cihuacallis. Female prostitution was only allowed by the Aztecs; any sort of homosexuality was to be punished with the extraction of colons. While homosexuality was a sin among the Aztecs, the Incas were a bit more open with various adult activities taking place on holidays.
The notion of prostitution was very positive back in Renaissance Italy. With men often fearing the chance of becoming attracted to other men, various cities legalized the practice, which led to many people in the area calling it sinful.
Prostitutes in Japan, known as "oiran," did more than deliver a happy ending; they danced, sang, and read poetry for their clients. There were different levels of prostitution in the region based on their social status. The tayū, which was the highest level, had the distinct ability to refuse to serve any client.
Much like Japan, prostitutes in India during the Mughal Empire were divided into various classes, including ganika, who were the most talented in the bunch. The lowest level were the devadasis, who were often forced to be homeless after getting older and losing their appeal.
While Hercules somehow managed to have his way with 50 virgins in one night, women weren't the ones used for prostitution in ancient Greece; young men were were often used for gratification, especially among the elite.
Prostitution in the United States dates back to the American Revolution, which found several women offering themselves to soldiers as a way to strengthen morale. Shortly after the uprising, brothels were built all over New York City, and the amount of money made from this service was accumulating rapidly. It wasn't all fun and games for most men in the Big Apple, though; more than 75% of men contracted an STD from visiting these brothels.