Prostitution -- the only job where you can charge more for having ''no'' prior experience!

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. It may not be a coincidence that the creators of this scenario are usually male.

Common elements include:
# [[SexIsGood Lots and lots of enjoyable sex]]. The most simplistic examples often portray prostitution as nothing more than having fun and getting paid for it.
# No physical stresses: [[STDImmunity sexually-transmitted diseases don't exist]], or no one has a problem with using condoms, dental dams, etc. [[FantasyContraception Reliable and side-effect-free]] birth control (or abortions) are available as well, and easily obtained without a lot of rigamarole. No one has to work when not "in the mood" or so much that it causes them physical wear and tear. Working girls and guys also have complete control over the calendar and can take time off whenever they want.
# [[MyGirlIsNotASlut The social stigma attached to prostitution]] is very mild, if it exists at all. In many cases, the sex trade is considered no worse than any other service job. Indeed, it might even be ''sanctioned'' by that society. [[note]] (For example, a society in which {{Arranged Marriage}}s are the norm and seeking out sex elsewhere is more-or-less accepted. Or a society in which prostitution is an aspect of the society's religion, as with [[ temple prostitutes]], who were usually also priests/priestesses.) Or one in which boys or girls are given ProfessionalSexEd when they are considered marriageable adults, or some other form of SexAsRiteOfPassage.[[/note]] If and when s/he decides to [[INeedAnIndexByMonday pursue a different career path]], their sex work won't be [[NeverLiveItDown held against them]]. Nor does it hinder their chances of getting into real long-term relationships or marriages, and no one is considered DefiledForever by having been in this career path. Sex workers are never harassed by police or the MoralGuardians. This problem especially, is what have lead some countries to ban the act of paying for sex, but not prostitution. UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} was the first country to do so in 1999, followed by UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}} and UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} in 2011, UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland in 2014 and UsefulNotes/{{France}} in 2016.
# [[HighClassCallGirl High profits for low effort]] with no taxes (or at least not exorbitant ones) and no one demanding a cut (see #6).
# Safe, pleasant working conditions: no customer is ever violent or dangerous; no one is unwashed, unattractive, unsanitary, or unsavory. If the customer has a kink, it's one that the prostitute is happy to indulge, and often thoroughly enjoys themselves. No one ever has to do for money anything that s/he wouldn't do otherwise -- or if s/he does, this doesn't cause any emotional problems afterward. Also, the prostitute has the option to turn down any clients s/he chooses, for any reason.
# Any middlemen (pimps or madams) are always looking out for the best interests of the prostitute and are never abusive. Or all pandering, security and other support services are dealt with by a completely worker-run and non-exploitative BandOfBrothels.
# Everybody cheerfully pays whatever the sex worker's going rate is. S/he never gets [[DoubleEntendre (''ahem'') stiffed.]]
# [[DrugsAreBad No drug problems which might be seen as making the situation degrading.]] The prostitute isn't doing it to support a habit of cocaine or a similar hard drug, and [[HookersAndBlow it's probably best if there's no drug use by the client either]].
# Most critically of all, no one is forced into the trade, either by poverty [[SexSlave or with violence or blackmail]]. No one is [[YouWouldMakeAGreatModel tricked into it]], either. Also, everyone is above the age of consent.

If a character in this role has a personality of her own (rather than being a pure MsFanservice or similar), don't be surprised if she's [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold a really good person]] who [[NeedAHandOrAHandjob you can really talk with]]. Indeed, sometimes [[PlatonicProstitution talking is as far as it goes]], and that's OK, too.

Sometimes TruthInTelevision in regard to #1, #2 and #5, since the girls would try to avoid at all costs people who look dangerous, violent, gross, visibly drunk or drugged, and respond to people who look nice, [[RightForTheWrongReasons for their own safety]][[note]]Seriously, when asked by reporters which is the quickest way to {{Squick}} them, it turned out to be [[HookersAndBlow guys who do drugs in their presence]][[/note]]. Where prostitution is legal and regulated, #7 may be half-true for at least some--some might stiff her, but since she can sue them for her fee, this happens less often.

In many depictions (and TruthInTelevision examples), the closer the woman is to working as a HighClassCallGirl or some equivalent thereof, the more it is possible (although far from certain) for this trope to be achieved. This is generally because, as the name suggests, the HighClassCallGirl is in theory able to earn more money for doing less work overall, which in turn allows for more education, greater freedom to pick and choose clients, greater control over her own earnings, greater ability to hire or work with people to best safeguard her own interests, and so forth.

See [[Analysis/UnproblematicProstitution the analysis tab]] for ''why'' sex work being portrayed as unproblematic is a trope.


!! Examples:


[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In the hentai comedy manga ''Spunky Knight'', the exceptionally lusty female protagonist is a part time adventurer for hire, part time prostitute. She only prefers adventuring because the brothel customers aren't as exciting as those she encounters on missions. Ironically, being a prostitute actually pays the bills a LOT better even though she takes on a lot of high paying mercenary jobs. This is she has a tendency to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero mess up the guild's plans]], whether or not she mixes business with pleasure. She once unintentionally [[NeckSnap snaps the neck]] of an escaped mook the guild was interrogating. She also [[OutWithABang kills or nearly kills targets]] like by draining a HeroKiller down to an unrecognizable husk so couldn't collect his bounty. Or she [[ADateWithRosiePalms spends so much time masturbating that she is late to an exam.]] She's considered TheLoad almost only good for sex, which [[TheChessmaster Torre]] figured out how to make work to their advantage i.e. Honey Traps and her [[ImmodestOrgasm immodest orgasms that can be heard for]] ''miles.''

* Played ''very'' straight in ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'', where the Velvet Fist is a famous galactic corporate brothel-empire and the workers therein are, as far as we know, quite happy with their jobs.
* ''ComicBook/{{Finder}}'': Vary, a high-class prostitute and anthropology student. Her job has its stresses, and she's more complex than the usual example of this trope, but she's still mostly fulfilled and happy in her career. It's clear that nastier forms of prostitution do exist in the ''Finder'' universe, however.
* ''Jill: Part-time Lover'' covers all of the above criteria to a tee as [[AmbiguouslyBrown the title character's]] EstablishingCharacterMoment is waking up in a gangbang with three [[LatinLover Latin Lovers]] she brought home last night and admitting she's a "horny nut and nuts about fucking" while feeling like she's practically getting away with murder with how much fun she's having, it's an STDImmunity world with only an offhand mention of putting in her diaphragm otherwise she takes her clients completely raw whenever she wants, her clients both respect her staying on the DL and [[TakingYouWithMe would be even more fucked if word got out]] given these are uppercrust executives and the like, she's self-employed, makes a minimum of ''thousands'' per call where only ''half'' of her first client's payment as merely a sex-free incentive would've covered her rent and then some with her rich clients doing the networking for her by word-of-mouth to other rich guys and the closest thing to a truly bad customer is one that hurt her in a [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender slapstick]] way before she left him and his blue balled brother for some nearby [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Men]] that she had a ''free'' orgy with involving [[TheCameo friend, Jaliera Dane.]]
* ''ComicBook/RedEars'': There's a comic where a HighClassCallGirl brings a john to her apartment, who is amazed by her collection of classical paintings, academic literature, and refined taste in music. He asks her why a beautiful, intelligent, educated young woman like herself became a prostitute. Her response: "I guess I was just lucky."

* 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.
* 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.
* Numerous ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' apply this to the [[EmotionEater Emotion Eating]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Changelings]] in order to give them an, erm, [[HornyDevils less invasive means of acquiring their food]].

* ''Film/TheAmerican'', where the main character starts dating a woman that he's been buying sex from and after barely interacting with her apart from that. There doesn't even seem to be any problem with the line between work and personal relationships here.
* ''Film/DeconstructingHarry'' has Cookie Williams, a hired professional who seems at peace with her choice ("beats waitressing") and overall well-adjusted.
* In ''Film/PrettyWoman'', a hooker (played by Julia Roberts) is picked up by a millionaire (played by Richard Gere) and they fall in love. Julia's character is a good person (although she does have ''some'' emotional baggage, it's not related to her work) and, over the course of the week he hired her for, completely turns around the millionaire's way of dealing with the world through her sheer goodness and sweetness. Although this is a change he wanted to do for as long as he can remember - what she gave him is emotional support rather than insights. His business partner doesn't care either way about her, until she gets in his way; then he calls her a dirty whore and tries to rape her.
** 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 by a mental breakdown.
* ''Film/SinCity'': While the violence and drugs are present, the girls have banded together so there are no pimps and violent customers are quickly disposed of without police interference. However, they are constantly threatened by the organized crime families.
* In ''Film/{{Mammoth}}'' Selling sex and "girlfriend experience" to silly white guys comes across as emotionally stressful or maybe even draining... But it still comes across as far less awful than the alternatives presented. Try being a night-shift doctor, not getting enough sleep and spending your nights watching children die without being able to save them. Or try being a nanny, hearing on the phone how your own children's lives are spiraling into hell while you are busy taking care of another woman's child... a rich woman who is jealous of you, frightened that her daughter may love you more than she loves her.
* In ''Film/TradingPlaces'', Jamie Lee Curtis plays a prostitute who gives a short rundown of the reasons why it's a safe and profitable venture for her.
* ''Film/MoulinRouge'' is a deconstructed version. Satine ''appears'' to be this trope, reveling in the fortune and fame of being the nightclub/brothel's star attraction, but in reality it's more of a GildedCage for her. As the film goes on, we see how little control over her life she actually has.
* ''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). 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.
* ''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 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.
* Many Russian books and films of the [[UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev Perestroika]] era had a strong tendency towards this when they dealt with the topic. A common figure was the "currency prostitute" (i.e. a HighClassCallGirl who works at a foreign tourism hotel and receives her payments in foreign currencies) eventually finding her PrinceCharming who marries her and takes her away to his wealthy homeland. Most prominent example was the 1989 film ''Intergirl'' (''Интердевочка'') which, despite actually being a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope, popularized prostitution to the extent that in the following years, 35-40% of female high-school students cited it as their ''dream job''. Meanwhile, in the [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia Russian Nineties]], the gap between trope and reality was much, much wider than in the West.
* In ''Film/KingOfHearts'', the inmates of an abandoned insane asylum find their way into a deserted village in World War I France, and set up business there, including a bordello that feels like a pleasant social club.
* In ''Film/GuiltyOfRomance'', this trope is an opinion of the character Mitsuko, a prostitute who thinks that by demanding money for sexual intercourse a woman recognizes the value of her body.

* Spider Robinson's '[[Literature/CallahansCrossTimeSaloon Lady Callahan]]' (''Callahan's Lady''/''Lady Slings the Booze'') books. She runs a "house of healthy repute" where both the staff and the clients have a good time. It's noted that this is far from the norm. Lady Sally's place is special.
%%* ''Literature/SecretDiaryOfACallGirl''
* 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).
* [[ Xaviera Hollander]], called her autobiography ''The Happy Hooker: My Own Story''.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''. In the far future on the planet Secundus, prostitutes are considered as artists who are looked up to. They don't just provide sex, but emotional comfort as well.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' both subverts and plays the trope straight. The first Velvet Room, Chicago's chief brothel, is run by the Red Court of Vampires (flabby, disgusting bat monsters with narcotic drool that can put on a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting 'Flesh Mask']] to look like the VampiresAreSexGods are concept) subverts this trope - the girls are hinted to be controlled by addiction to the narcotic saliva, they get fed on by the brothel's vampire Madame, Bianca St. Claire, who kills at least one when she loses control. She's also implied to recruit quite forcefully, with Thomas Raith relating that she hates him because she wanted his drop dead gorgeous girlfriend Justine to be one of her 'girls'. After Bianca, who [[NeverMyFault blames Dresden for provoking her and 'making' her kill her favourite prostitute/lover]], makes an enemy of Dresden and gets burned to ash along with the rest of the Velvet Room, the city's resident NobleDemon crime lord Gentleman John Marcone sets up the new Velvet Room, effectively disguised as a gym/health club about which this trope is discussed: [[FriendOnTheForce Sergeant Murphy]] remarks that the girls in places like this are usually well paid, given/required to have medical tests on a regular basis, and volunteers not coerced or controlled by drugs or violence - all of which fits very much Marcone's habits of being good to his employees and savage in his retribution towards those who harm them. So, aside from token gestures, the cops don't generally do anything because they have bigger problems. However, it is clear that this is not the norm outside of Marcone's control.
* ''Literature/FannyHill,'' a novel by John Cleland, was all about this. Of course, it was an openly pornographic book, and most people do not especially like reading about explicit rape, so this may be a justified trope.
* Paulo Coelho's ''Eleven Minutes''. The protagonist (and her fellow hookers) is perfectly happy being a prostitute out of her own will, the only drawback to the job being that she's unable to achieve [[McGuffin a proper orgasm]].
* Used with Rosa in ''Literature/MuchFallOfBlood'', an army CampFollower.
--> "Some of them have lost everything and had nothing else to sell. Some who want money. Some, like Rosa, who are too wild to keep to one man."
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The [[UnusualEuphemism Seamstresses Guild]] ([[RunningGag hem hem]]) of Ankh-Morpork takes very good care of its members. Any client who causes trouble will have to answer to the Watch if they're lucky, or [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Agony Aunts]], [[NeverMessWithGranny Dotsie and Sadie]], if they're unlucky.
** As shown in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', this is far from the norm ''outside'' Ankh-Morpork: the good Sergeant in that book relates that usually, he goes in and gives the poor girls a chance to rest, as their jobs are long, hard, and often thankless, even in a house of ill repute.
* Many of Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's series feature organized sex workers who are, at worst, seen on about the same level as modern Western society would see a stripper. In particular, in ''Literature/{{Damia}}'' young Afra has a relationship with a "companion" who openly hoped to be more to him.
* Zig-zagged in ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series. Justified in that the d'Angeline Servants of Naamah are Church-affiliated {{High Class Call Girl}}s and boys in a country with "Love As Thou Wilt" as its main creed. However, the fact that they're {{Indentured|Servitude}} to brothels as children and obligated to {{work off the debt}}, which can be nigh-impossible if they fall short of the brothel's standards of beauty, is disturbing, and Phedre campaigns against the element of debt bondage in later books.
* The Companions in Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series. In fairness, they are really courtesans rather than regular prostitutes, are organized into a guild, are generally under contract to the nobility and basically use their roles as kept lovers of said nobility to manipulate the politics of the realm. Although this is frowned upon, quite a few of them end up in loving relationships with their clients, who in turn just keep renewing their contracts so they can basically live as couples.
* Most of the prostitutes/courtesans from the Street of Lights in Lynn Flewelling's ''{{Nightrunner}}'' series. With a generally upscale clientele, a society with open attitudes about sexuality and [[FunctionalMagic access to healing magic]] things are generally pretty good for them. However, regular prostitutes, mainly patronized by the lower classes, also exist and do not have it anywhere near so well.
* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' sex therapists are a respectable profession on socially liberal and technologically advanced Beta Colony.
* The ladies of the night in the city of Camorr in the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' sequence started an actual gang war with the men in order to earn the right to run their own jobs. Even Capa Barsavi doesn't want to mess with the hookers' union.
* Fortunato's "geishas" in the ''Literature/WildCards'' series. High-class call girls who received higher education as part of their training to become ideal fantasy women. In addition to making a lot of money, most of them had advanced degrees and extensive contacts in upper-class society by the time they were too old to continue in the business.
* ''Literature/DirigentMercenaryCorps'': One of Lon Nolan's fellow officer cadets in the first book is engaged to a prostitute at a brothel, and recommends her to all his friends. The implication is that on Dirigent it's a legal, regulated profession. Lon still isn't comfortable with it, although it's more having a hangup about sleeping with another man's fiancee.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Ambrose, the male blood whore, tends to sleep with women old enough to be his mother or grandmother. He still believes he has a great job.
* Misty Carpenter in ''Literature/TheIdentityMatrix'' simply loves being a a prostitute and a stripper, as she's both a nymphomaniac and an AttentionWhore in all senses of that term. But this is not considered normal within the setting -- it's the result of a GovernmentConspiracy [[FalseMemories deliberately messing with her mind]] and giving a formerly depressed, introverted person the life of constant attention and sex she always craved as a form of self-reinforcing StockholmSyndrome. It's implied that her environment (a high-class legal bordello in Nevada) is an intentionally Disneyfied establishment used just for this purpose.
* Both played more or less straight and subverted in ''Karen Memory''. The title/PoV character works at the Hotel Mon Cherie (sic), a bordello run by a madam who truly cares about her girls and where most of the unsavory men in town are priced out of the clientele. However, even there not all of said girls are of age (Karen herself is 17; another girl, Bea, is younger) and it's uncertain whether they enjoy their work- Karen, a lesbian, gets no sexual gratification out of it and would rather be training horses. In an accurate reflection of the broad spectrum of sex work in TheWildWest, it's made plain that the Hotel is far from the norm. Karen's eventual girlfriend Priya and her sister Aashini were forced into sex work by the man who paid their passage from India- and who owns a dockside crib of mostly Chinese and Indian girls, drugged or beaten into submission. For an extra Steampunk twist of skeeviness, he also has a MindControlDevice that he uses with impunity on anyone and everyone who tries to oppose him.

[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': To the point where Alan's attempts at being respectful to a hooker was PlayedForLaughs. The joke being, mostly, that Alan overthinks the whole situation because he's hopelessly neurotic.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' shows two extreme ends of the spectrum of prositution:
** The Companions Guild, whose members are among the Alliance's upper class, can wield a fair amount of influence with their favored clients. It is also Guild law that a Companion chooses her clients, and they are paid very well for what they do. Companions get regular health screenings and have systems in place to blacklist clients who don't treat them with respect. One such Companion, Inara, is considered to be the most respectable of ''[[CoolStarship Serenity's]]'' crew (above the on-board reverend, even), and the only one who makes a completely "honest" living. She is shown to enjoy most aspects of her work, but at the same time her lifestyle causes some degree of friction. One of her clients snubs her when she politely refuses to settle down with him (and it is implied that this happens a lot) and another calls her a "whore" when he loses his temper with her (and she subsequently blacklists him from the client registry). Companions are also more than simply prostitutes, and are shown providing counsel and psychological help with their clients.
** [[Recap/FireflyE13HeartOfGold "Heart Of Gold"]] shows the other side, with a 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/{{Dollhouse}}'' encompasses most versions with how their 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.
* ''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.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' parodies this trope (and more specifically ''SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'') using the recurring scriptwriters who never, ever do any research. Their show "My Shags as a Whore" is about a prostitute who outright states that "being a prostitute is brilliant!"
--> ''Who wants to be a doctor or a lawyer when you can be a prostitute like me? A proper one I mean, not one of those grim ones, a nice, pretty, clean one, which in reality, most of us are.''
* ''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.

* ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas''
* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Tenderloin}}'', the prostitutes have only one thing to be unhappy about: reformers trying to close their RedLightDistrict down. They do have corrupt police to pay off, but that's just a cost of doing business.
* ''Theatre/SweetCharity'': While Charity is a taxi dancer rather than 'officially' being a prostitute, this trope is still played with; it's not presented as a bad life, although she hopes for something better. Her problem, according to one of the other girls, is that she falls in love too easily.
--> '''Nickie''': "You run your heart like a hotel you've always got people checking in and checking out".
* In Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw's play ''Mrs. Warren's Profession'', Mrs. Warren defends having sold herself to men as having been at least better paying and less damaging to the health than other supposedly respectable occupations for women.
* ''Theatre/LaTraviata'' is a deconstruction similar to ''Film/MoulinRouge'', which owes a lot of inspiration to it. The audience's first impression of Violetta is of a lively, cheerfully cynical party girl who revels in the luxury and "freedom" of her life. But we soon learn just how lonely and unhappy she really is. Ultimately, all she wants is a quiet life in the country with a man who really loves her... but she can't have that, because society views her as {{Defiled Forever}} and won't allow it.

[[folder: VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', which comments on just about any other aspect of Thedas society, doesn't use the brothels for anything but throwaway sexual adventures for the player and sources for information about missing people (because everyone seems to frequent them).
* Mostly avoided in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', in which many prostitutes are [[FantasticDrug Jet]] addicts, and some in New Reno are actually chattel slaves. Played straight in the case of the Cat's Paw, which seems to be a brothel of clean, consenting, prostitutes who take professional pride in their skills.
** In ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'', the prostitutes working for Pretty Sarah are fairly content with their position, particularly since they consider it safer than working for [[TheMafia the Omertas]], who would control them through drugs and are not above raping them or handing them over to dangerous customers who can pay for the damages.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', you can convince a maid to give up her terrible job for a glamorous career as a brothel prostitute. You can visit her later at the brothel, where she is ecstatic about her new job and even gives you a freebie as thanks. One has to wonder exactly what her old job required of her...
* Dorothy Haze from ''VisualNovel/{{VA11HALLA}}''. She's a [[RobotGirl Lilim]] prostitute with an earnest enjoyment of her work and [[NoYay the body of a 7-10-year-old]] (Lilim are built young but can earn a free upgrade to an older body after passing three 'maturity tests.' Dorothy never opt-in for the upgrade.) As you can guess, this gives Dorothy a bit of an advantage, in her line of work.

[[folder: WebComics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', the "[[UnusualEuphemism Guild of Flowers]]" [[ has a permanent seat on the city council]] and is hosting this year's [[ carnival-style parade]]. Considering [[YourNormalIsOurTaboo drow culture's]] comfortable attitude towards sexuality and multiple partners, this is perfectly justified.
* One such hooker appears in ''Webcomic/CityOfReality''. Justified by [[IncorruptiblePurePureness the setting itself]].
* 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 brothel, yet the more typical problems that real-life prostitutes would face haven't come up yet.

[[folder: WebOriginal]]
* Discussed (and ultimately averted) in the ''WebVideo/ZinniaJones'' episode [[ "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.
* TheOldestProfession may be older even than humanity, as it appears to emerge in the presence of money. An article in ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' ([[ 6 Things You Won't Believe Animals Do Just Like Us]]) describes several experiments in which researchers introduced money to communities of monkeys. In one, a female monkey ended up trading sex for money so she could buy some grapes.