associated with prostitution
   Literally, contrary to virtue, but confined to sexual misbehaviour in various legal jargon phrases. Thus immoral earnings, which it is a crime for a pimp to live on, are what a prostitute gets paid:
    It would mean my arrest on a charge of living on immoral earnings. (Theroux, 1973)
   Immoral girls are prostitutes:
    Though they'd twice given him the boat fare home he had spent it on drink and probably on immoral girls. (Bradbury, 1976)
   An immoral house was a brothel:
    The dress-lodger probably lives some distance from the immoral house. (Mayhew, 1862)
   A building used for immoral purposes is either a brothel or another place where a prostitute takes her customers:
    ... full of brothels, almost every house being used for an immoral purpose, (ibid.)
   The American Mann Act, known as the Immorality Act, makes it unlawful to transport a female across a state line with intent to 'induce, entice or compel her to give herself up to the practice of prostitution, or to give herself up to debauchery or any other immoral purpose'.

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