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Historical background of sex worker

The history of brothel extends to all ancient and modern cultures (Jenness, 1990 & Bullough, 178). It has been described as "the world's oldest profession” (Keegan, 1974). However, this is only a matter of speech. Most would dispute this claim, supported by the argument that hunting and farming likely took place first in human history. This aside, hunting and farming are not professions unless done for profit. As early as the 18th century B.C., the ancient society of Mesopotamia recognized the need to protect women's property rights. In the Code of Hammurabi, provisions were found that addressed inheritance rights of women, including female sex workers. For example, if a dowry was established by the father for his unwedded daughter, upon his death, her brothers (if she had any) would act on her behalf as her trustee. However, if the woman received the property as a gift from her father, she owned the property outright and could leave the property to whomever she pleased.