A new study that I just found says that there apparently is no difference between pornography stars and the general population (i.e. the "damaged goods" hypothesis). From the abstract:
The damaged goods hypothesis posits that female performers in the adult entertainment industry have higher rates of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), psychological problems, ...
This claim is true, according to a NGO dedicated to the conservation of Bornean Orangutans.
The Orangutan, named Pony, was shaved every day and used as a prostitute in a village located in Indonesian Borneo.
Policemen rescued her in 2003 and she was put under the care of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).
The BOSF confirms it on their website ...
The same story also occurs at The Guardian
One of her clients, Chris Fulton, 29, who has cerebral palsy and
muscular dystrophy, has launched a campaign calling on the government
to introduce a Netherlands-style grant scheme in which citizens with
disabilities receive public money to pay for sexual services up to 12
times a year.
And here is a ...
Source - What's The Cost Of A Rumour? A guide to sorting out the myths and the facts and sporting events and trafficking.
The estimated numbers of 10,000 - 100,000 prostitutes travelling to the SuperBowl aren't plausible:
the total number of visitors to the Super Bowl is estimated between 150,000 to 200,000 and that at these figures, “it meant that every ...
TL;DR: There is a basis of fact in claims that sex existed in the geisha world. However, it is not always the case.
Geishas are trained in a variety of art forms ("Geisha" literally means "Artist") that prostitutes would not be trained in. So in that sense, geishas are not prostitutes.
But is sex a part of their work?
Wikipedia is a tertiary source, often ...
The story is plausible for two reasons:
1) Most enlisted military personnel at a time of war up to the 1950's were young sexually-active males. This has long been the case and applies to the military of many countries, not just the USA.
2) In some cities in Japan, prostitution was legalised and the prostitutes had rates of STD infection of up to 95%.
On your linked page only one of the answers [weakly] cites a source:
Linda M. Rio Reichmann, JD, an undergraduate student at the time of the quote, who later became Director of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Child Custody Pro Bono Project, stated in an Apr. 1991 Archives of Sexual Behavior article titled "Psychological and Sociological Research and ...
It's rather common, yes, if we are to believe the idea of Asset forfeiture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asset_forfeiture
This applies, but is not limited, to terrorist activities, drug
related crimes, and other criminal and even civil offenses. ... The
purpose of asset forfeiture is to disrupt criminal activity by
confiscating assets that ...
To provide some citations from academic papers rather than news articles:
The Rights and Wrongs of Prostitution 09 January 2009
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy
This division already exists in the Netherlands where “sex surrogates” who work with disabled people are legally and socially constructed as different from prostitutes who work with ...
Even though the source is a "I heard from a guy that..." I still enjoyed looking up what is the truth behind such a claim.
I found this BusinessPundit article, which mixes legal and illegal profits into one big list:
Their top 3 are:
Prostitution (in which they separated human trafficking, which usually goes hand in hand.
There are significant numbers of studies that back up this claim, and associate childhood sexual abuse with sex work (meaning prostitution).
Specifically studies show that the rate of childhood sexual abuse among prostitutes is > 50%.
Associations between childhood maltreatment and sex work in a cohort of drug-using youth (Social Science &...
It may be true or true-ish among some sub-populations.
THE PROSTITUTE PARADOX from 1993 says,
In New York City, for example, 40 to 50 percent of streetwalkers (a very low caste of prostitute) who have used IV drugs over the past
decade are HIV seropositive.
Among call girls in New York City (a higher caste of prostitute), no seropositivity was ...
According to this article published in the International Journal of Public Health by the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, it's, on average significantly lower than 50%:
Funnily enough, this is actually the most recent chart I could find like this. I guess no one bothered to do another ...