The dominant faith in this world is religiously conservative and believes that the only legitimate form of sexual intimacy is between husband and wife, and that homosexuality and extra marital affairs are sinful. However there is an industry that exists in parallel with society and seems to contradict its beliefs: the sex trade. Prostitution is not only accepted, but respectable, and receives strong protection from all participating states, albeit un-aligned with them. Some points about the sex trade in this world:
- It functions as an organized guild that operates openly in most countries, and receives a great deal of autonomy from world governments.
- The guild sets its own rules and laws, and can accept or reject clients at their leisure.
- The guild employs both males and females, and provides services to either sex.
- Prostitutes are highly revered and sought after in all social circles. Gaining the services of one is a sign of prestige and power.
Based on these criteria, how can this be made possible in a conservative world?