Young women desperately needed money for various reasons. They were beautiful and young and extraordinary. There was no opprobrium because it was completely regulated. Every week they had to be inspected medically. The great bordellos were still flourishing in those days before the sheriff of Paris, a woman, closed them down. It was a different time.
This may or may not be true, but in the end who really cares? Also: I’m having a hard time thinking of anything other than Warden Gentles’ play in Season Three of Arrested Development.