During the Middle Ages prostitution was tolerated but not celebrated.
It wasn't until the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century that attitudes turned against prostitution on a large scale and bodies began to be regulated more heavily.
Sex work has a long history in the United States, yet laws regulating the sale of sex are relatively new.
In the 18th century, prostitution was deeply rooted from Louisiana to San Francisco.
Sex work is "the exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation.
It includes activities of direct physical contact between buyers and sellers as well as indirect sexual stimulation".
Despite sex workers efforts, social reformers looking to abolish prostitution outright began to gain traction in the early 20th century.
Attitudes towards prostitution have shifted through history.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.This study as conducted in order to work towards improving the health and safety of sex workers.Sex work, in many different forms, has been practiced since ancient times.She looked to combat the anti-porn movement by coining a term that reflected the labor and economic implications of the work. A rift formed within feminism that continues today, with some arguing for the abolishment of sex work and others working for acceptance and rights for sex works.The AIDS epidemic presented a new challenge to sex workers.The criminalization of exposing others to AIDS significantly impacted sex workers.Harm reduction strategies were organized providing testing, counseling, and supplies to stop the spread of the disease.Furthermore, the vast majority of academic literature on sex work focuses on prostitution, and to a lesser extent, exotic dancing; there is little research on other forms of sex work.These findings cannot necessarily be generalized to other forms of sex work.