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List of famous female sex workers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female sex workers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being sex workers. For more trivia on sex workers, check out this all time list of infamous killer prostitutes and politicians who were caught with prostitutes (celebrities caught with hookers are here). There are thousand of females working as sex workers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic sex workers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a sex worker then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list of women sex workers includes Mata Hari, Annie Sprinkle, Sunny Lane, and more. Featuring images of the girls, this list has them all! 

While this isn't a list of all female sex workers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female sex workers?" and "Who are the best female sex workers?"

Mata Hari is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Sex Workers
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Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Frisian exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy and executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I. ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1876-1917)

Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Profession: Exotic dancer, Sex worker, Spy

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Barbara Payton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Sex Workers
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Barbara Lee Payton was an American film actress best known for her stormy social life and eventual battles with alcohol and drug addiction. Her life has been the subject of several books including Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story, by John O'Dowd, L.A. Despair: A Landscape of Crimes ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1927-1967)

Birthplace: Cloquet, USA, Minnesota

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Pin-up girl, Actor

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Aspasia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Sex Workers
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Aspasia was an influential immigrant to Athens who was the lover and partner of the statesman Pericles. The couple had a son Pericles the Young, but the full details of the couple's marital status are unknown. According to Plutarch, her house became an intellectual centre in Athens, attracting the ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (469 BC-399 BC)

Birthplace: Miletus, Turkey

Profession: Sex worker

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Georgina Beyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Sex Workers
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Georgina Beyer is a New Zealand politician and former Labour Party Member of Parliament. She was the world's first openly transsexual mayor, as well as the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament. She is also among a very small number of former sex workers to hold political office. ...more

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Age: 59

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Profession: Politician, Radio personality, Actor

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Rahab is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Sex Workers
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Rahab, was, according to the Book of Joshua, a prostitute who lived in Jericho in the Promised Land and assisted the Israelites in capturing the city. She became a figure of fascination to the writers of the New Testament, where she is reckoned among the ancestors of Jesus, and is lauded as an ...more

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Nina Arsenault is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Sex Workers
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Nina Arsenault is a Canadian performance artist, freelance writer, and former sex trade worker who works in theatre, dance, video, photography and visual art. Her works have been called profoundly moving, absolutely unforgettable, brutally honest, a spiritual gift and as stunning as they are ...more

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Beamsville, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Columnist, Actor, Sex worker, Writer

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Valeria Messalina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Sex Workers
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Valeria Messalina, sometimes spelled Messallina, was the third wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius. She was also a paternal cousin of the Emperor Nero, second cousin of the Emperor Caligula, and great-grandniece of the Emperor Augustus. A powerful and influential woman with a reputation for ...more

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Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Profession: Sex worker

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Theodora is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Sex Workers
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Theodora, was empress of the Byzantine Empire and the wife of Emperor Justinian I. She was one of the most influential and powerful of the Byzantine empresses. Some sources mention her as empress regnant with Justinian I as her co-regent. ...more

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Age: Died at 48 (500-548)

Birthplace: Famagusta, Cyprus

Profession: Sex worker

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