Laws against lewdness and sodomy were used in an attempt to regulate sex work.
Red-light districts formed in the 19th century in major cities across the country in an attempt by sex workers to find spaces where they could work, isolated from outside society and corresponding stigma.
Most of us have always wanted to have a few extra-marital affairs every now and then.
You need a time out from your difficult, sexless or loveless marriage.
Hetaera in Greece and geisha in Japan were seen as prestigious members of society for their high level of training in companionship.