The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0260  Monday, 7 February 2000.

From:           Clifford Stetner <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 4 Feb 2000 18:58:45 -0500
Subject: 11.0220 Re: Money and Prostitution
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0220 Re: Money and Prostitution

I apologize if I'm going over old ground, but, on the basis of
observations during my own lifetime, I question the use of prostitution
for this purpose.  In the sixties and seventies, the going price (in
upper and lower Manhattan and especially around the middle) was $20 for
basic service.  When the crack epidemic hit in the eighties, the price
plummeted to $5 and sometimes less (I don't want to give the impression
that I am being flippant about these human tragedies).  Because AIDS
began to proliferate along with crack addiction, the drive to scrape
together a hit of crack vied with the drying up of both supply and
demand for street prostitution, so that by the mid-nineties, it had
become rare, and, where it could be found, the prices returned to their
old level of between $20 and $50.  Most prostitution today comes in the
form of escort services, both corporate and freelance, and runs into the
hundreds of dollars.  It is no longer readily available to any working
person willing to break the law as it used to be.

In short, as long as prostitution remains a service available to a
particular class (other than the very rich who can pay whatever is
demanded), we might use the going rate as some kind of standard
measuring the relative standard of living of that class against others,
but as our own period shows, we can't assume that those who could afford
to visit a prostitute one year, could do so the next.


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