courtesans

plural of courtesan
as in prostitutes
a woman who engages in sexual activities for money the protagonist of the novel is a composite of several real-life courtesans who plied their trade among the decadent aristocracy

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“Courtesans.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/courtesans. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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