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August 29, 1936

Prostitution in the Modern World: A Survey and a Challenge

JAMA. 1936;107(9):740-741. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770350108039

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This volume stresses the great changes in the problem of prostitution resulting from the effects of the great war. The most significant change, the increase in the noncommercial form of promiscuous sex relationships, leads the author to define prostitution "to include paid and unpaid forms of sex promiscuity," a definition at marked variance with almost all other writers, who make barter an essential element in prostitution. Except for Great Britain, only fragmentary data are presented on the extent and practice of prostitution and the nature and effectiveness of legislation on prostitution in the chief countries of the world. The conclusion is reached that commercialized prostitution is decreasing and that unpaid for promiscuity is increasing in nearly all the countries of the world. In the United States both forms of promiscuity are reported to have increased. The data presented, however, are insufficient to show the increase of commercial prostitution in this

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