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Cultural history of prostitution

The first known sources mentioning prostitution date back to 2,400 BC and came from Sumer, southern Mesopotamia. The world’s oldest profession also appeared in the Code of Hammurabi (c 1750 BC).

In China, the first legal brothels were established to increase state revenues. The would-be prostitutes began their training at the age of six and seven.

Louis IX of France ordered the confiscation of all possessions of prostitutes and expelled them from the country in 1254. However, two years later he was forced to withdraw his order because of widespread protests.

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