The BBC wrote in that devadasis are "sanctified prostitutes". One thing is for certain. With the click of a mouse, people can access all kinds of information. Procuring prostitution Organizers of prostitution may be known as pimps if male and madams or Mama-san if female. Laws A detail from plate 1 of William Hogarth 's — The Harlot's Progress , showing brothel-keeper Elizabeth Needham , on the right, procuring a young woman who has just arrived in London. I thought at least some of that money would go to therapy. Sunnis regard prostitution as sinful and forbidden. Reddit is driven by user submitted content. It was pretty vanilla, actually. Although a popular etymology connects "hooker" with Joseph Hooker , a Union general in the American Civil War , the word more likely comes from the concentration of prostitutes around the shipyards and ferry terminal of the Corlear's Hook area of Manhattan in the s, who came to be referred to as "hookers". If you do it on a daily basis for long periods it can be a costly affair. For the sake of the longed alliance with imperialist democracies [Stalin] has brought the Comintern to the last stages of political prostitution. There were some commonalities with the Greek system, but as the Empire grew, prostitutes were often foreign slaves , captured, purchased, or raised for that purpose, sometimes by large-scale "prostitute farmers" who took abandoned children. An oiran preparing herself for a client, ukiyo-e print by Suzuki Haronubu Asia According to Shia Muslims, Muhammad sanctioned fixed-term marriage — muta'a in Iraq and sigheh in Iran — which has instead been used as a legitimizing cover for sex workers, in a culture where prostitution is otherwise forbidden. A major work, Prostitution, Considered in Its Moral, Social, and Sanitary Aspects , was published by William Acton in , which estimated that the County of London had 80, prostitutes and that 1 house in 60 was serving as a brothel.