Often described as the world’s oldest profession, prostitution has existed since the dawn of human culture. The earliest forms of prostitution can be traced back to the third millennium B.C, when Sumerian women in service of the sacred goddess, Ishtar, would service men who offered money to support Ishtar’s temples. The rise of catholicism brought a war on prostitution with any form of sexual activity outside of marriage viewed as sin. Today, the war on prostitution rages on throughout much of the country.
However, the view on prostitution is slowly shifting. Nevada has offered legalized prostitution since 1971 and lawmakers in Hawaii have just introduced a bill that would legalize prostitution for the aloha state. Many believe that legalizing the sale of sex in licensed facilities would reduce violence against women while making sex workers healthier, increasing tax revenue, and reducing the use of precious law enforcement resources.