Prostitution Prostitution is defined as promiscuous and mercenary sexual behavior with emotional indifference between the partners. There isn’t a more specific definition because people perceive it in different ways. Some view it as a dehumanizing act while others see it as an occupation that performs a useful service to society. Because people aren’t always able to act out their sexual feelings how they want, prostitution allows them to express these desires. Most people think that the actual sex act is what is illegal. But it’s actually the solicitation to perform that sex act for money or other valuables that is illegal. In the United States, "it" is legal in only one of the fifty states, Nevada. The laws of the state of Nevada forbid prostitution in counties with populations exceeding 250,000. Street-solicitation is illegal ;only in licensed establishments, called brothels, can you legally pay for sex. Condoms are required for intercourse as well as oral sex. The women that work in Nevada's brothels get regular medical checkups. By law, Nevada brothels can't advertise, so it is no wonder that you've never heard of them before. And you can find them listed in the Yellow Pages. Many people assume that the only people who become prostitutes are poor, uneducated, single women who can’t get a regular job. This is sometimes true, but often times, the women may have part-time jobs and engage in prostitution for extra money. Some of the women are even married with families. Although prostitutes range in age and ethnicity, most arrests targeted people in their 20s that were white. There are many international aspects of prostitution that many people are not aware of. Often times, organizations try to coerce or persuade women with money to go to other countries Women are even kidnapped and taken against their will to be sold to private parties as sex slaves. In Thailand, there is also a major problem of underage prostitution. It is a widely accepted activity. There is the belief there that children are less likely to have AIDS than adults. However, a 1993 survey showed that more than 50 percent of the child prostitutes were HIV-positive. There are several types of prostitutes. The three major kinds are streetwalkers, bar girls, and call girls. Streetwalkers are the most common type and generally the cheapest prostitutes. They directly solicit for clients in a public place, such as walking up and down a busy street. Bar girls, the second type of prostitutes, also solicit clients in a public place. But they usually choose places more sheltered from public view such as bars and casinos. Often times they also use a pimp or make direct contacts with other employees that help to establish their territory. Finally, call girls are at the top of the prostitute list. Clients are referred to her from trusted sources. Call girls usually work out of hotels or go directly to the clients home. The majority of prostitutes are between the ages of 17 and 24. They reach their peak earnings at 22. Many are from the lower socioeconomic status and inner-city areas. The sole motivation for most prostitutes is simply the money. The theory that is best associated with prostitution is the theory of differential association. Prostitutes continually have intensive contact with other prostitutes and often associate very little with people not in the ‘business.’ ;Women who decide to begin prostituting themselves generally know someone already in the business and use them as a sort of guide to adjust to the new lifestyle. Also, contacts must be established and a call girl who is already set and well known can aid the novice in becoming settled. There is often a price for this and the newcomer must pay a certain percentage of her earnings to her aid. Drugs can play a major role in prostitution as well. Many prostitutes become addicted to cocaine, heroin or crack and often exchange sexual services for another fix. This creates a vicious circle - the prostitute must engage in more sexual acts in order to make enough money and get her drugs.