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Prostitution and Legal Regulation of Sex

  • Leonardo C. HolandaEmail author
  • Mariana G. Farias
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_3789-1



The act or practice of engaging in sexual activity for economic or resources profit.


Prostitution occurs in several countries, such as US, Japan, Poland, Germany, Ethiopia, among many others (Buss 2003). McGuire and Gruter (2003), from the analysis of the number of sex workers in the USA and in some countries of Asian, estimate an increase in prostitution around the world, mainly child prostitution. Although there are other types of prostitution such as child, transgendered and male prostitutes, in general, it is a service exercised by women (Salmon 2008).

It is commonly known that prostitution involves payment for sex. However, others services may be offered, according to customer demand. Indeed, McGuire and Gruter (2003) affirm that over 50% of call girls attendances do not include sexual intercourse. Although prostitution includes a range of different services, such as escort and indoor attendance, the most known form of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal University of CearáFortalezaBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Guilherme S. Lopes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA