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28th Jan '16 8:55:36 AM Fireblood
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# Most critically of all, no one is forced into the trade, either by poverty [[SexSlave or violence]].
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# Most critically of all, no one is forced into the trade, either by poverty [[SexSlave or with violence]].

* ''Film/DeconstructingHarry'' has Cookie Williams, a hired professional who seems at peace with her choice ("beats waitressing") and overall well adjusted.
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* ''Film/DeconstructingHarry'' has Cookie Williams, a hired professional who seems at peace with her choice ("beats waitressing") and overall well adjusted.well-adjusted.

** The original script was a huge deconstruction of it. To start off with Julia Roberts character was heavily addicted to cocaine and emotionally unstable, and the movie ends with the millionaire throwing her out of his limo, tossing the cash at her and driving off. She then dies of a cocaine overdose brought on my a mental breakdown.
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** The original script was a huge deconstruction of it. To start off with Julia Roberts character was heavily addicted to cocaine and emotionally unstable, and the movie ends with the millionaire throwing her out of his limo, tossing the cash at her and driving off. She then dies of a cocaine overdose brought on my by a mental breakdown.

* The film from ''Film/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' averts this trope most of time. It is stressed that geishas are not prostitutes nor courtesans (although they have their own problems and miseries), and the protagonist's sister, who ''is'' sold as a slave prostitute, lives a very different and miserable life until she manages to escape. Despite all those statements and implications, it is portrayed as an absolutely normal and mundane thing that the protagonist sells her virginity to the highest bidder. The way it is done is especially shocking: her mentor makes her give wealthy men a special gift that means they are invited to make an offer for her maidenhood, ''without her even knowing the symbolic value of the gift''. When she is explained the meaning of her acts she is neither shocked nor angry for getting manipulated, and the selling of her virginity itself apparently has zero consequence on her mind or her relationships with anyone. The film focuses much more on the relationships and rivalries between geishas and puts a lot of emotional weight and drama in these issues, but it seems getting pushed into prostitution by your mentor without anyone asking for your consent or even informing you is just a normal and boring thing.
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* The film from ''Film/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' averts this trope most of time. It is stressed that geishas are not prostitutes nor courtesans (although they have their own problems and miseries), and the protagonist's sister, who ''is'' sold as a slave prostitute, lives a very different and miserable life until she manages to escape. Despite all those statements and implications, it is portrayed as an absolutely normal and mundane thing that the protagonist sells her virginity to the highest bidder. The way it is done is especially shocking: her mentor makes her give wealthy men a special gift that means they are invited to make an offer for her maidenhood, ''without her even knowing the symbolic value of the gift''. When she is explained told the meaning of her acts she is neither shocked nor angry for getting manipulated, and the selling of her virginity itself apparently has zero consequence on her mind or her relationships with anyone. The film focuses much more on the relationships and rivalries between geishas and puts a lot of emotional weight and drama in these issues, but it seems getting pushed into prostitution by your mentor without anyone asking for your consent or even informing you is just a normal and boring thing.

* The ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since they have "Love As Thou Wilt" as their main religious creed. The fact the prostitutes are half priests and priestesses to Namaah also helps there.
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* The ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since they have "Love As Thou Wilt" as their main religious creed. The fact the prostitutes are half priests and priestesses to Namaah also helps there. Nonetheless, the fact that they're [[IndenturedServitude indentured]] to brothels as children (then having to {{work off the debt}}) is disturbing.

* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': to the point where Alan's attempts at being respectful to a hooker was a joke
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* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': to To the point where Alan's attempts at being respectful to a hooker was a jokejoke.

** [[Recap/FireflyE13HeartOfGold "Heart Of Gold"]] shows the other side, with a whorehouse run by [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Nandi]], a former Companion, where the girls are explicitly ''not'' Companions. Their harsh lives make a big contrast against the [[HighClassCallGirl good companion life]]. Nandi also remarks that it used to be ''much'' worse, with many of the girls being abused drug addicts, until she killed the brothel's previous owner and seized control.
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** [[Recap/FireflyE13HeartOfGold "Heart Of Gold"]] shows the other side, with a whorehouse decrepit brothel run by [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Nandi]], a former Companion, where the girls are explicitly ''not'' Companions. Their harsh lives make a big contrast against the [[HighClassCallGirl good companion life]]. Nandi also remarks that it used to be ''much'' worse, with many of the girls being abused drug addicts, until she killed the brothel's previous owner and seized control.

* ''Series/WildWestTech'' One episode harshly deconstructs this trope. * In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Republic of Murdoch", it turns out George's "aunts" are a group of prostitutes who George's adopted father, a GoodShepherd minister, encouraged to form a BandOfBrothels. Having observed their business (and possibly compared it to prostitution in the back streets of Toronto), Murdoch concludes that the reverend was a very wise man.
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* ''Series/WildWestTech'' ''Series/WildWestTech'': One episode harshly deconstructs this trope. * In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Republic of Murdoch", it turns out George's "aunts" are a group of prostitutes who George's adopted father, a GoodShepherd minister, encouraged to form a BandOfBrothels. Having observed their business (and possibly having compared it to prostitution in the back streets of Toronto), Murdoch concludes that the reverend was a very wise man.

--> '''Nickie''': "You run your heart like a hotel you've always got people checking in and checking out"
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--> '''Nickie''': "You run your heart like a hotel you've always got people checking in and checking out"out".

* A complaint levied against ''Webcomic/{{Teahouse}}'' by its detractors. While it's true that none of the characters have it easy, sources of drama include [[UptownGirl social differences]], [[DeadlyDecadentCourt messy politics]], and at least two [[ArrangedMarriage unhappy]] [[YourCheatingHeart marriages]] ([[DysfunctionJunction among many, many others]]). True, all are tangentially related to the titular whorehouse, yet the more typical problems that real-life prostitutes would face haven't come up yet.
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* A complaint levied against ''Webcomic/{{Teahouse}}'' by its detractors. While it's true that none of the characters have it easy, sources of drama include [[UptownGirl social differences]], [[DeadlyDecadentCourt messy politics]], and at least two [[ArrangedMarriage unhappy]] [[YourCheatingHeart marriages]] ([[DysfunctionJunction among many, many others]]). True, all are tangentially related to the titular whorehouse, brothel, yet the more typical problems that real-life prostitutes would face haven't come up yet.

* Discussed (and ultimately averted) in the ''WebVideo/ZinniaJones'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGrNMsVfrbw Overstating the case for full decriminalization of prostitution]]. * Several different ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' stories mention licensed brothels. Some page time is devoted to the fact that some of the "employees" at these establishments are former {{Sex Slave}}s who are now getting paid to do what they were genetically engineered and psychologically conditioned for. Page time is also given to speculation on the happiness of said former sex slaves.
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* Discussed (and ultimately averted) in the ''WebVideo/ZinniaJones'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGrNMsVfrbw Overstating "Overstating the case for full decriminalization of prostitution]].prostitution"]]. * Several different ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' stories mention licensed brothels. Some page time is devoted to the fact that some of the "employees" at these establishments are former {{Sex Slave}}s {{sex slave}}s who are now getting paid to do what they were genetically engineered and psychologically conditioned for. Page time is also given to speculation on the happiness of said former sex slaves.
25th Jan '16 1:45:37 PM aoeu
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In some works of fiction, prostitution is portrayed as a dream job, or at least as a pleasant and reasonably unproblematic career, even if the sex worker would like to move on to another occupation someday. In may not be coincidence that the creators of this scenario are usually male.
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In some works of fiction, prostitution is portrayed as a dream job, or at least as a pleasant and reasonably unproblematic career, even if the sex worker would like to move on to another occupation someday. In It may not be a coincidence that the creators of this scenario are usually male.
22nd Jan '16 9:11:45 PM Fireblood
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# Most critically of all, no one is coerced into the trade, either by force or poverty.
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# Most critically of all, no one is coerced forced into the trade, either by force poverty [[SexSlave or poverty.violence]].
22nd Jan '16 9:10:27 PM Fireblood
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# Everybody cheerfully pays whatever the sex worker's going rate is. She never gets (''ahem'') stiffed.
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# Everybody cheerfully pays whatever the sex worker's going rate is. She S/he never gets (''ahem'') stiffed. # Most critically of all, no one is coerced into the trade, either by force or poverty.
22nd Jan '16 9:02:44 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/DangerousBeauty'' portrays high class 16th Century Venetian prostitution in a glowing light. There's a scene where lower class prostitutes are shown to be in desperate shape, but for the most part, prostitution is looked upon as a way to empower intelligent women, allowing them to interact with wealthy men on their own terms. (Of course, the film totally overlooks the fact that its main character had, in the RealLife story this movie was based on, ''six kids'' with her high class lover. Oh, and also, the earliest, most virulent form of syphilis was raging through Italy at the time, making prostitution a dangerous gamble.) * The film from ''Film/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' averts this trope most of time. It is stressed that geishas are not prostitutes nor courtesans (although they have their own problems and miseries), and the protagonist's sister, who ''is'' sold as a prostitute slave, lives a very different and miserable life until she manages to escape. Despite all those statements and implications, it is portrayed as an absolutely normal and mundane thing that the protagonist sells her virginity to the highest bidder. The way it is done is especially shocking: her mentor makes her give wealthy men a special gift that means they are invited to make an offer for her maidenhood, ''without her even knowing the symbolic value of the gift''. When she is explained the meaning of her acts she is neither shocked nor angry for getting manipulated, and the selling of her virginity itself apparently has zero consequence on her mind or her relationships with anyone. The film focuses much more on the relationships and rivalries between geishas and puts a lot of emotional weight and drama in these issues, but it seems getting pushed into prostitution by your mentor without anyone asking for your consent or even informing you is just a normal and boring thing.
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* ''Film/DangerousBeauty'' ''Dangerous Beauty'' portrays high class 16th Century Venetian prostitution in a glowing light. There's a scene where lower class prostitutes are shown to be in desperate shape, but for the most part, prostitution is looked upon as a way to empower intelligent women, allowing them to interact with wealthy men on their own terms. (Of terms (of course, the film totally overlooks the fact that its main character had, in the RealLife story this movie was based on, ''six kids'' with her high class lover. Oh, and also, the earliest, most virulent form of syphilis was raging through Italy at the time, making prostitution a dangerous gamble.) gamble). However, the main character cautions a friend who thinks her daughter becoming a courtesan is a good way to get an education and independence against romanticizing this, as it's easy for courtesans to fall from grace into the dire straits of street prostitution. * The film from ''Film/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' averts this trope most of time. It is stressed that geishas are not prostitutes nor courtesans (although they have their own problems and miseries), and the protagonist's sister, who ''is'' sold as a prostitute slave, slave prostitute, lives a very different and miserable life until she manages to escape. Despite all those statements and implications, it is portrayed as an absolutely normal and mundane thing that the protagonist sells her virginity to the highest bidder. The way it is done is especially shocking: her mentor makes her give wealthy men a special gift that means they are invited to make an offer for her maidenhood, ''without her even knowing the symbolic value of the gift''. When she is explained the meaning of her acts she is neither shocked nor angry for getting manipulated, and the selling of her virginity itself apparently has zero consequence on her mind or her relationships with anyone. The film focuses much more on the relationships and rivalries between geishas and puts a lot of emotional weight and drama in these issues, but it seems getting pushed into prostitution by your mentor without anyone asking for your consent or even informing you is just a normal and boring thing.

* Used reasonably straight in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/BardicVoices'' by "Amber's," a house of {{High Class Call Girl}}s where Rune spends some time working as a musician. None of the girls mind what they do, and Amber, the madam of the establishment, is a kind and lovely woman who looks out for all of her employees like a mother. (The books do at least acknowledge that places like Amber's are not the norm.)
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* Used reasonably straight in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/BardicVoices'' by "Amber's," a house of {{High Class Call Girl}}s where Rune spends some time working as a musician. None of the girls mind what they do, and Amber, the madam of the establishment, is a kind and lovely woman who looks out for all of her employees like a mother. (The mother (the books do at least acknowledge that places like Amber's are not the norm.)norm).
5th Jan '16 7:19:06 PM FF32
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* Discussed (and ultimately averted) in the ''ZinniaJones'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGrNMsVfrbw Overstating the case for full decriminalization of prostitution]].
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* Discussed (and ultimately averted) in the ''ZinniaJones'' ''WebVideo/ZinniaJones'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGrNMsVfrbw Overstating the case for full decriminalization of prostitution]].
19th Nov '15 1:30:42 AM konekootome
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* This is PlayedWith in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BeautifulFictionsBabylon'' the Riders brothel. The brothel is very upper class with the motherly madame looking out her workers and most of the workers do seem happy but she met Edward when a john tried to rough her up in order to get a refund and a girl left because she felt stifled on the brothel's set prices.
27th Oct '15 5:25:58 PM Reymma
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[[AC:{{Fanworks}}]] * The VideoGame/KantaiCollection doujin "Glasses That Show the Number of Sexual Partners of Ship Girls" makes Akitsu Maru into a veteran army prostitute[[note]]As a ship she was run by the Army and not the Navy[[/note]] who refers to herself as a "comfort woman" and loved serving with the soldiers.
27th Oct '15 2:35:20 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'' has frequently been accused of this. The protagonist loves her job, and when it causes her problems, it's usually depicted as being due to anti-prostitution prudes unjustly condemning or pitying her.
22nd Oct '15 8:04:21 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' encompasses most versions with how their whores don't mind it at the time and don't remember it later. They are very well-paid in flat-rate service, their pimp tends to protect them, and they ''don't even know'' they're being prostituted, genuinely believing that they are in love during the encounter. Later though things aren't so glamorous.
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* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' encompasses most versions with how their whores prostitute dolls don't mind it at the time and don't remember it later. They are very well-paid in flat-rate service, their pimp tends to protect them, and they ''don't even know'' they're being prostituted, genuinely believing that they are in love during the encounter. Later though things aren't so glamorous.

* Several different ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' stories mention licensed brothels. Some page time is devoted to the fact that some of the "Employees" at these establishments are former {{Sex Slave}}s who are now getting paid to do what they were genetically engineered and psychologically conditioned for. Page time is also given to speculation on the happiness of said former sex slaves.
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* Several different ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' stories mention licensed brothels. Some page time is devoted to the fact that some of the "Employees" "employees" at these establishments are former {{Sex Slave}}s who are now getting paid to do what they were genetically engineered and psychologically conditioned for. Page time is also given to speculation on the happiness of said former sex slaves.
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