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Prostitution, Promiscuity and Venereal Disease

PROSTITUTION •Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. •Prostitution is one of the branches of the sex industry. The legal status of prostitution varies from country to country, from being a punishable crime to a regulated profession.

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•Prostitution is sometimes referred to as “the world’s oldest profession”. Causes of Prostitution: 1) Poverty and unemployment has triggered the rapid spread of prostitution in the Philippines.

It provides those involved in this profession a considerable amount of income to support their families as well as supply a steady flow of remittances from urban to rural areas or from prostitutes working overseas. 2) Women have been tricked into prostitution with guarantees of decent job opportunities in the city or abroad or have been kidnapped and then forced to work as prostitutes. 3) Family expectations and problems are common factors why many enter the prostitution business.

Women in particular are pressured to pay for their sibling’s education or support a sick family member. Other aspects such as dysfunctional families or constant abuse from parents have lead adolescents to leave their homes and are attracted by the easy profits from prostitution. VENEREAL DISEASE •A disease that is contracted and transmitted by sexual contact, caused by microorganisms that survive on the skin or mucus membranes, or that are transmitted via semen, vaginal secretions, or blood during intercourse.

Because the genital areas provide a moist, warm environment that is especially conducive to the proliferation of bacteria, viruses, and yeasts, a great many diseases can be transmitted this way. They include AIDS, Chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, syphilis, yeast infections, and some forms of hepatitis. Also known as a morbus venereus or sexually transmitted disease (STD). PROMISCUITY •Refers to “casual sex” with multiple sexual partners. The term can carry a moral judgment and is viewed in the context of the mainstream social ideal for sexual activity to take place within exclusive committed relationships. A common example of behavior viewed as promiscuous within the mainstream social ideals of many cultures is a one night stand. •One scientific study found that promiscuous men and women are judged equally harshly and both genders express strong preference for sexually conservative partners.