Prostitution in the U.S. in the late 20th century takes various forms.
Some prostitutes, or “call girls,” operate out of their own apartments and maintain a list of regular customers. Some follow convention circuits or work in certain resort areas, such as Las Vegas, Nevada, where demand for their services is high.
Others work in so-called massage parlors, a newer version of the old-time brothel. The majority are “streetwalkers,” soliciting, or being solicited by, customers on city streets. Increasing numbers are young runaways to the city who turn to the streets for survival.
Because the statutes are enforced in such a way as to punish overtness and visibility rather than any specific act, almost all of the prostitutes arrested each year are streetwalkers. Customers, although legally culpable, are rarely arrested.
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