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The Oxford dictionary definition of prostitute is “a person, typically a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment”, or “to offer (someone) as a prostitute, or put to an unworthy or corrupt use for the sake of gain.”

Prostitution is described as “the art or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money”.

In terms of support services for people abused in prostitution, organisations tend to use a broader definition, for example, “Engaging in sexual activity in exchange for some form of payment such as: money, drinks, drugs, consumer goods or a bed or roof over their head for a night.”

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