Someone said :
I'd use the term 'actress' for dramatic effect as an actress was basically a whore back in the day (no reflection on current actresses)
Was that not a "Seamstress"? back in the day (at least in Victorian times) there were no actresses, all female roles were played by men and a lot of women were Seamstresses but there wasn't enough work to go around because of the industrial revolution and spinning jenny's and other technological advances so had no choice but to turn to prostitution to make ends meet.
There is a whole slang lexicon based around it like the "tupenny upright" which was having sex in a lane standing up against a wall for tupence, a "Buttered Bun" which was (for lack of a better word) sloopy seconds, "Whirlygigs" - testicles, "Venus's Curse" - an std but only in women (I assume men had a different name for it) or probably the weirdest "Balsamic Injection" - cum, I assume it was a reference to it tasting like vinegar which would make senses because at the time people were taking Mercury for every illness and actors were using it as face paint to make their faces white so they could pass as women on stage and apparently it made pee smell like vinegar (and also gave rise to the phrases "Drop dead georgous" and "Mad as a hatter")