The history of prostitution is one of the most controversial parts of the American experience.
Its roots can be traced back to ancient Egypt, which was ruled by a pharaoh named Hammurabi.
The Pharaoh was obsessed with human trafficking, and his men would rape women to obtain slaves.
When he died in 486 BC, his body was never found.
In the 1700s, the first brothel opened in England.
After the American Revolution, the trade was regulated, but the prostitution was still rampant.
A new breed of hookers started to emerge, including the wealthy and powerful.
When the US outlawed the brothel trade in 1836, it was the first time the industry was regulated in the United States.
In 1865, the Supreme Court ruled that all sex work was illegal, which led to an explosion of hooker culture, which began in the 1870s.
Today, the industry has become the fastest-growing segment of the economy, and it’s a lucrative business.
In this article, we take a look at the history of hooking, how it was regulated and how the sex trade is changing.
 Source: National Geographic article