Some forms of prostitution have always been legal.
What is a trophy wife but a prostitute who is paid millions of dollars? Sometimes directly such as with a bank account into which her millionaire husband pays many thousands of dollars. Sometimes indirectly as with gifts such as houses, automobiles, clothes, jewelry, vacations, and so on.
Often these millionaires regularly divorce their wives for a younger version. Donald Trump is an example. Here are his three wives (Ivana Zelníčková, Marla Maples, Melania Knavs). Click the images for biographical details.
Porn “stars” are another example. Contestants in dating game shows such as The Bachelor are another example. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian may get their start at celeb status with an “accidentally” or “maliciously” leaked sex tape (for which she received $5 million in a legal settlement).
Technology has expanded the reach and variety of prostitution. It has included depictions in photos, movies, videos, and on the internet. One popular form of legal prostitution is webcam pornography. It can be performed in one’s own home, singly or with a partner, without a pimp or brothel. It’s relatively safe, but hardly perfectly safe. Business Insider discusses the industry at length.
On August 11th, 2015, Amnesty International voted to fully decriminalize all aspects of consensual sex work. The policy also calls on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation, trafficking and violence. An article in Huffington Post explains the meaning of the resolution and its pros and cons.