Owing to geopolitical or economic hardship, many male and female members of a variety of species sold themselves as prostitutes or "mistresses" to a variety of clientele. Largely looked down upon, such activities often occurred in areas of ill repute, and could result in exploitation, rape, and slavery . Many who frequented such venues were gamblers, spacers , or spice addicts who lacked stable relationships, or were rich and otherwise influential persons, normally in positions of considerable political power.   The Twi'lek species was largely regarded as one of the most beautiful species in the galaxy, resulting in numerous slavers capturing females from the Twi'lek homeworld of Ryloth . 
In a number of films made by obsessed, Svengali-styled mentor/director Josef von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich played seductive, cool females in sexually perverse melodramas. She was Lola Lola, a cheap, smoky-voiced, sensual cabaret singer with stockinged-legs and top hat atop a beer barrel in the Blue Angel nightclub in her greatest film, The Blue Angel (1930) , Germany's first sound film. In the atmospheric, seedy film, she manipulatively lured a repressed and obsessed Professor Emmanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) towards his doom by her teasing exoticism while singing Falling In Love Again .