Esther 2:7 & 8
"Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This girl, who was also known as Esther, was lovely in form and features, and Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died. When the king's order and edict had been proclaimed, many girls were brought to the citadel of Susa and put under the care of Hegai. Esther also was taken to the king's palace and entrusted to Hegai, who had charge of the harem." NIV translation
Now, we are introduced to an orphan girl who has been adopted by her cousin. Esther, whose name meant "star" was a lovely girl and Mordecai had raised her as his own. This all sounds well and good until we see that his disobedience leads to giving her over to what we would consider prostitution. Because Mordecai had not obeyed God and went back to Jerusalem, he was there and entered Esther into this "beauty contest". If she won, she would be queen but, if she lost, she would just be another woman that was kept for the physical pleasures of the king.