Many countries which outlaw street prostitution have "unofficial" tolerance zones, where the practice is tolerated by the authorities, in spite of its illegality.
In many countries including the United States, prostitution is illegal.
Prostitution is commonly referred to the “world’s oldest profession”.
It is something that undoubtedly does now and has always existed in every corner of the globe.
Abuse is often suffered by prostitutes, more than half of UK women in prostitution have been raped and/or seriously sexually assaulted and at least three quarters have been physically assaulted.
A global study of prostitution found that 9 out of 10 women in prostitution would like to exit if they could. Street prostitution is often illegal, even in jurisdictions that allow other forms of prostitution.