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Corrected for inflation, have prostitution prices been essentially the same for thousands of years? The Straight Dope home. Even within the same city, you can find extremes. A better benchmark is that in 15th-century France, a prostitute could earn in half an hour what an agricultural worker would make in half a day.
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required. I once heard someone — it may have been my father — claim the price for a prostitute has remained relatively stable throughout the ages. Why is it called a restroom, anyway? Reddit Pocket Flipboard. Sex is perhaps the most basic commodity after food and shelter.
A study of Chicago prostitutes found prices increased an average of 30 percent over a July 4 weekend, despite a 60 percent boost in supply due to an influx of out-of-towners.
Another problem is that, at any given time, prostitution prices vary enormously from country to country and city to city. Ergo, prices for sex ought to be historically stable.
Share this story Twitter Facebook. Supply and demand come into play, of course.
Few sell themselves for the joy of doing so; they do it to cover the cost of living, usually for lack of other options. By Cecil Adams Aug 30, Share this story Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share All sharing options Share All sharing options for: Corrected for inflation, have prostitution prices been essentially the same for thousands of years? Filed under:. Interesting notion, and perfectly plausible.
These days unprotected sex fetches a premium price: A study found that Mexican sex workers typically charged anywhere from 20 to 50 percent more for sex without a condom.
Has it, relative to the price of, say, bread, games, household utensils, etc? So never mind price indexes based on the cost of a Big Mac and other such foolishness.
Dear Cecil: I once heard someone — it may have been my father — claim the price for a prostitute has remained relatively stable throughout the ages. I realize this is a complex question, but still, can anything sensible be said about it?