"Whore", "prostitute", and "The oldest profession" redirect here. For other uses of "whore" or "whores", see Whore (disambiguation). For the 1967 French film, see The Oldest Profession (film).
Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. The person who receives payment for sexual services is called a prostitute and the person who receives such services is known by a multitude of terms, including a "john". Prostitution is one of the branches of the sex industry. The legal status of prostitution varies from country to country, from being a punishable crime to a regulated profession. Estimates place the annual revenue generated from the global prostitution industry to be over $100 billion.