Prostitution: The Essence and Motives

7 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2019

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Petro Kurmaiev

Pavlo Tychyna Uman State Pedagogical University

Date Written: July 23, 2018


The article analyzes the main approaches to the interpretation of prostitution from the legal, economic, sociological, psychological, sexological and religious points of view. The author formulates its own definition, in which prostitution is considered as a form of entrepreneurial activity for the provision of sexual services on a paid basis, aimed at meeting sexual needs. The basic preconditions that are necessary for the prostitution to become the signs of entrepreneurial activity are presented: availability of commodity-money relations; religious and social tolerance; sexual freedom; sexual need. It is offered to allocate three main groups of mutually conditioned motives to engaging in prostitution: psychological-emotional, image and socio-economic. It is noted that for today's Ukraine socio-economic motives are dominant.

Keywords: prostitution, sexual freedom, sexual services, motivational factor

JEL Classification: K42, H19

Suggested Citation

Kurmaiev, Petro, Prostitution: The Essence and Motives (July 23, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Petro Kurmaiev (Contact Author)

Pavlo Tychyna Uman State Pedagogical University ( email )


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