Prostitution may very well be the world's oldest profession. I can't think of a civilization where prostitution did not exist in some fashion, shape, or form. In many countries, it's a perfectly legal way to make a living. It's been around for many centuries and it will continue to exist as long as humans are willing to trade sex for money, and money for sex.
I've never hired a hooker, and the term Hooker is derived from one General Hooker, on the Union side of the War Of Northern Aggression. Hooker's camp was followed by a wagon train of women who were known as Hooker's Women, and eventually, Hookers.
Back to the present, I've never hired a hooker, but I've shelled out plenty for the company of a woman. "Dating" is what it's called when there is not a quid pro quo or a guarantee of services. If a man is interested in sex, and just sex, and the woman isn't, then they ought to get all of that out of the way in the beginning, before twenty bucks apiece is shelled out for popcorn and a movie. Dating is prostitution with the lottery thrown in for good measure. Oddly enough, dating is still legal in most civilized places.
The biggest problem with prostitution is that it is illegal. Even though the number of men who are renting women is higher then the number of women renting to men, the number of women arrested is much higher than the number of men who rent them. If a woman had a hard time getting a job and making a living before she was convicted of prostitution, then how much easier will it be after the fact? Conversely, a man convicted of renting a woman isn't likely to have any social stigma attached to him whatsoever, Governors of New York notwithstanding. In most cases the man only has to pay a fine, explain to his wife that it was all a misunderstanding, and take a lot of ribbing from his friends. Women busted for being street walkers are sentenced to being just that from that point onward.
Let me put this in prospective for you; If you discovered that the man you were dating hired a hooker a year before you met him, you might be appalled, but you might not kick him out of the house. Yet how many men could say they would date a woman who got busted for selling sex? Yet almost everyone accepts that the woman they're dating has dated other men, has gone out with them where the guy paid for the date, and the woman slept with him at one point in time. Dating is a kissing cousin of prostitution, and it leads to the wrong-headed idea that woman are to give sex to men in exchange for material goods. Worse, we train both young men and young women that relationships begin by the male supplying the material goods, while there is this unspoken agreement that it will lead to sex. In fact, the best agreement would be that they spilt the cost of the dates, and let the men charm their way into the bodies of the women, the women charm their way into being entered, or none of the above. But I say take the money part out of the ritual. ( as an aside, I almost never have this conversation with women I'm dating, I tried it a couple of times and it led to some fairly interesting looks, some truncated outings, but not a lot of sex)
So if prostitution were legal there would be regulation, safety inspections ( gotta love that job) and quality control ( they pay you to do what?). Women wouldn't be out on the street where it's dangerous, and men would be forced to pay for the infrastructure to keep women off the streets. Men who have little social skills could just walk in and say, "I'll have the number seven combo with ties" and that would be that. Women who want to do that sort of work for a living would get a lot more than they would risking their lives in some back alley, and serial killers might have to look for far different prey.
Why is it do you think serial killers hunt prostitutes?
The big problem here is no one gives a damn. Whores are throw- away trash that some men use and we all discard. We tend to think of them as skanky drug addicts who blew ( no pun intended) working in the real world and are doing the only thing their live style has led them to do. Serial killers know that if a slut goes missing no one is likely to look for her. If some bimbo gets chopped up, isn't it partially her fault for being out there? If some lot lizard winds up strangled then isn't that just social Darwinism taking its course? If some lady of the night gets killed one night, who is it that really cares?
Okay, now take the names I just used for prostitutes and give me the corresponding pejoratives for the men who buy them.
The problem isn't sex, people, and it hasn't been for quite some time.