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I would like to know what is the term for a woman who is interested in prostitution, since I remember coming across a word at one point in a text, upon which when I looked it up in the OED, it told me that it meant a woman who is interested in prostitution or being a prostitute. The woman I am describing would be similar to the woman Catherine Deneuve plays in Luis Bunuel's "Belle Du Jour". Anyone not familiar with the movie it is about a woman who becomes interested in prostitution, not for the sake of making money, but because it sexually intrigues her.

I hope that someone may be able to help me with finding this word and that I am not mistaken in believing so.

Thank you.

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Not everything has a word. –  Mitch Dec 4 '13 at 3:28
    
A female George Plimpton? He is famous for becoming something he wasn't, such as a football player, a golf pro, a "professional" boxer, or a musician in a symphony orchestra, as a kind of immersion journalist. He didn't just interview football players, boxers, etc., but he became them for a short time. In other words, he walked a mile in their moccasins! –  rhetorician Dec 4 '13 at 14:31

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It seems unlikely there is a specific word for someone interested in prostitution. There are a few words used to describe people interested in generic occupations:

  • student
  • apprentice
  • padawan

And this would be combined with the specific occupation:

She is apprenticing to become a prostitute.

He is studying prostitution as a potential career.

But, honestly, these are a little ridiculous when applied to prostitution. You are either a prostitute or not a prostitute; is hard to define what a "not quite a prostitute but could be one day" is without devolving into slanderous terms such as "slut" or "promiscuous."

In the end, I feel comfortable claiming that no such word exists.

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You might be thinking of nymphomaniac. They aren't interested in prostitution per se, but enjoy sex, and therefore are often prostitutes.

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The word is meretricious meaning "of or relating to a prostitute". However, the word is most often used metaphorically for things things that are like prostitutes, rather than for its literal meaning.

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Meretricious does not have any sense that means “a woman who is interested in prostitution” ! While meretricious does have an obsolete sense “Of, or relating to prostitutes or prostitution”, its primary sense nowadays is one of falseness; ie “Tastelessly gaudy; superficially attractive but having no substance; falsely alluring”. –  jwpat7 Dec 4 '13 at 6:23

How about "sell-curious" (the inverse of "buy-curious", naturally)?

Pre-professional. Potential earner. Empowered. Ill-advised.

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