My favorite all time is the Old West term Soiled Dove. It's sort of a sweet term that brings up the image of an innocent bird befouled by others. While Hollywood makes the Western whore an image of beauty, like Megan Fox over to the right, most Western prostitutes were successful for their availability, not their looks.
For example, Alice Abbot of El Paso (left).
For most, the job was a horrible existence that led to an early death. In San Francisco the service charge was 25 cents for a Mexican woman and $1 for an American, more for redheads.
A woman what hustlesAdditional links: The whorehouses of Austin, Texas
Never keeps nuthin
For all her hustlin.
Somebody always gets
What she goes on the street for. ~ Harrison Street Court
All night she offers passers-by what they will
Of her beauty wasted, body faded,
And no takers.~ Trafficker
Let us be honest; the lady was not a
harlot until she married a corporation
Lawyer who picked her from a Ziegfeld chorus. ~ Soiled Dove (all by Carl Sandburg)
a man who has made a career writing about Western Soiled Doves