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A pair of prostitutes outside the Desperado casino in New Reno (2241).

Prostitution refers to the practice of exchanging sex and related activities for various forms of compensation. Prevalent before the Great War, the practice has proliferated across the wasteland in the wake of the nuclear holocaust, as a result of social collapse.

Overview

Prostitution is a form of sex work, where parties trade sexual activity or activities for compensation, monetary or otherwise. It occurs in many ways and forms, including street prostitution, escort services, and brothels, and is performed by humans of all sexes and sexual orientations. As with all forms of economic activity, commercial sex is prone to exploitation, perhaps even more so to the general prejudice against prostitutes and their low socioeconomic status.[1] As such, prostitutes are routinely found working for bar owners and other procurers (pimps, typically male[2]), who secure lodgings, provide protection, and shield them from any local laws against the practice. In return, prostitutes pay them them with a percentage of their income.[3]

As the weaker side, prostitutes are frequently subjected to abuse in various forms. These can take many forms, including verbal abuse, being forced to take drugs to create a dependency,[4][5] physical violence, and in certain cases, even death at the hands of a wealthy client.[6] As such, exiting a life of prostitution can be difficult, especially with abusive procurers.[7][4]

Attitudes

Like other sex work, prostitution is frequently regulated in a variety of ways:

  • Frontier towns, like Junktown, may have mayors who formally ban prostitution, but are unable to effect that ban due to interference from local procurers (Gizmo in Junktown's case).[3]
  • Common municipal laws of the New California Republic ban the practice entirely.[8]
  • New Reno has no regulations covering prostitution, as it provides the ruling family with a stable source of income from sex tourists visiting the city from all over the wasteland. Even after joining the Republic, New Reno negotiated many exemptions to protect this lucrative source of income.[9]
  • Similarly, none of the settlements in the New Vegas metropolitan area have laws against prostitution. None have laws to protect sex workers either, and as a result, the Omertas of Gomorrah routinely enslave women and men using drugs, forcing them to prostitute themselves to pay for their addiction.[4] Other procurers are less abusive, with Casa Madrid Apartments' Pretty Sarah a textbook example of a classic. James Garret of the Atomic Wrangler is perhaps the most equitable, as prostitutes are contracted, can turn down clients, and provided with adequate compensation.[10]

Appearances

Prostitutes appear in almost every game in the series.

Fallout

Fallout 2

Fallout 3

The following characters are forced into prostitution by various circumstances
Former prostitutes

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout 4

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Other games

Characters listed in this section appear in games that are not part of the main continuity, due to creative decisions or the game failing to release==

Fallout Tactics
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
Van Buren

See also

References

  1. None of the prostitutes encountered in the series have a high status and are generally forced in this line of work in the absence of other options.
  2. The Courier: "You work for Pretty Sarah?"
    Maude: "That's right. Strange at first, having a woman for a pimp, but she's tough enough to handle any trouble so far."
    (Maude's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sinthia: "{118}{}{Thank you for what you did. No one ever took care of me like that before.}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{120}{}{You're welcome.}"
    Sinthia: "{124}{}{I mean, my boss didn't even send some of his goons to help. You'd think for all the cash I make for that loser, he would at least live up to his part of the bargain.}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{125}{}{Who's your boss?}"
    Sinthia: "{127}{}{Gizmo, of course. He runs all the sin in this town. Killian sure as hell wouldn't put up with me or my kind. If it wasn't for the fact that I make Giz a whole hell of a lot of money, I'd have to do other things to him.} {128}{}{And, honey, those thoughts just don't do my stomach a whole lot of good.}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{129}{}{What else does Gizmo control?}"
    Sinthia: "{134}{}{Just about every bad thing a person could do in this town. He owns the Casino. He runs me and some of the other gals, even some little kids. I hear he is trying to take over the bar.}"
    (SINTHIA.MSG)
    The Vault Dweller: ""
    Sinthia: "{137}{}{Why, honey, I take care of men, and they take care of me in return. Gizmo gets 25% and I supposedly get his protection. You saw how well that went, huh?"}"
    (SINTHIA.MSG)
    Note: Gizmo's protection enabled Sinthia to prostitute herself, despite Killian being against the practice. In return, Sinthia gave him a 25% cut.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The plot of the Fallout: New Vegas quest Bye Bye Love.
  5. The Courier: "Wouldn't you make more money working on the Strip?"
    Sweetie: "I got my start at the Gomorrah, good money, but I saw how those Omertas hook girls on free Jet or Med-X - then start charging. Slavery through a needle is what that is. I earn less out here, but I keep more."
    (Sweetie's dialogue)
  6. The plot of the Fallout: New Vegas quest How Little We Know. Specifically Clanden's actions, the myriad of evidence of said actions, and the willingness of the Omertas to facilitate such actions.
  7. The plot of the Fallout 3 freeform quest 300 Pieces of Silver.
  8. See this article for details
  9. See New Reno for details.
  10. The recruitment of prostitutes for the Fallout: New Vegas quest Wang Dang Atomic Tango.