PROSTITUTION. The common lewdness of a woman for gain.
2. In all well regulated communities this has been considered a heinous
offence, for which the woman may be punished, and the keeper of a house of
prostitution may be indicted for keeping a common nuisance.
3. So much does the law abhor this offence, that a landlord cannot
recover for the use and occupation of a house let for the purpose of
prostitution. 1 Esp. Cas. 13; 1 Bos. & Pull. 340, n.
4. In a figurative sense, it signifies the bad use which a corrupt
judge makes of the law, by making it subservient to his interest; as, the
prostitution of the law, the prostitution of justice.
, abuse of office
, black market
, corrupt administration
, gray market
, illegal commerce
, illegal operations
, illegitimate business
, illicit business
, narcotics traffic
, organized crime
, poor stewardship
, protection racket
, shady dealings
, the rackets
, the syndicate
, traffic in women
, white slavery