The Oldest Profession: Male Monkeys Have to Pay for Sex

Moralists think that they can eradicate prostitution by making it illegal and harassing prostitutes and their customers. Leaving aside the question of whether you or the government owns your body, these puritans are fighting a losing battle because prostitution apparently precedes mankind. Scientists have discovered that male monkeys have to pay for sex.

Selling sex is said to be humankind’s oldest profession but it may have deep evolutionary roots, according to a study into our primate cousins which found that male macaques pay for intercourse by using grooming as a currency. Read more

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