People would go there to get information as to what is going on in the city. There would be food, drink and there is the reason that Rahab was known as a prostitute. Now she was not connected to any of the temples, this is obvious in that the king sent messengers to her house looking for her and the men. This was Rahab's means of support for her family. She was concerned about her family and made the spies promise that they would be safe when the Hebrews would attack. Family was very important to her. Maybe, because that is all that she had.
Rahab was not really a part of the community. She lived on the wall, the very edge of the town. As a prositute she was shunned by the women and used by the men. Her social status was equal to that of a sorcerer or demon possessed person. She was exposed to abuse and disease.
She probably had a list of emotional hurts a mile long. Let's just name some of them:
1. Bitterness at what life had dealt her.
2. Feeling unworthy.
3. Feeling unloved.
4. Feeling like trash.
5. Feeling rejected.
7. Unable to trust others people.
8. Feeling used
9. Feeling dirty.
11. Feeling like everyone is talking about her behind her back.
12. The center of jokes.
13. Not good enough
The list can go on. Each one of the hurts adding to the other, intensifying as the day goes by. As an outcast you can't get much further out of the center of town than the wall surrounding it. How she longed for a second chance at life.