Tyrone - I understand what you're saying but, I think this 'degradation' , this feeling of lack of worth or honour, runs a lot deeper in the human psyche that anything society might think or consider to be good or bad.
Much as the rape victim, male or female never recovers completely from the scar on his or her mind, (not body) but mind, so the victim of prostitution or the 'seller of intimacy / sex' is forced, even if not by physical force, into something they do not really want to do and has no choice.
This is not the same as going to work at somewhere you hate. This is a loss of self at its most basic and basest level that actually does emotional, mental and even physical damage.
Scars are that, scars. They cannot be erased by society suddenly saying 'oh we don't mind anymore.'
Sexuality in the human being is far more complex even if we choose to pretend or choose to deny it.
Which you've just reminded me of an interview with a prostitute on a programme I watched a couple of years ago. She showed the interviewer around her lovely house, and showed the lovely sofa she had just bought with her earnings. He asked her if she was happy. She simply said, she was happy with the fact that she had the means to survive now as she had been forced into prostitution by unemployment, but she said her soul felt empty and she didn't know if she would ever feel 'all right' again as something had been taken from her and she could never have it back. And the interview ended at that.