Prostitution Statistics

Here are some statistics and facts about prostitution worldwide. All sources about the prostitution statistics, as well as additional information on the prostitution industry worldwide, is available in our ebook, Prostitution: Prices and Statistics of the Global Sex Trade.

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Money spent on prostitution worldwide:  $186 Billion

  1. China: $73 Billion
  2. Spain:  $26.5 Billion
  3. Japan:  $24 Billion
  4. Germany:  $18 Billion (Legal Industry)
  5. United States:  $14.6 Billion
  6. South Korea:  $12 Billion
  7. India:  $8.4 Billion
  8. Thailand:  $6.4 Billion
  9. Philippines:  $6 Billion
  10. Turkey:  $4 Billion

See the full list of prostitution markets here.

Number of Prostitutes in the world:  At least 13,828,700

  1. China:  5 Million
  2. India:  3 Million
  3. United States:  1 Million
  4. Philippines::  800,000
  5. Mexico:  500,000
  6. Germany:  400,000
  7. Brazil:  250,000 children
  8. Thailand:  250,000
  9. Bangladesh:  200,000
  10. South Korea:  147,000

See the full list of prostitutes by country here.

Selected Prices of Prostitutes:

  • China :  $100 to $400 in Beijing
  • France:  $207 per client in apartment complex
  • Germany:  Flat rate of $65 at brothel
  • Hong Kong:  $232 in hostess bar
  • India:  $1,000 for sex with a virgin, $1 for sex with adult
  • Japan:  $118 at Tokyo brothel
  • Mexico:  $50 per hour with street walker
  • Netherlands:  $68 in Amsterdam
  • Turkey:  $500 for VIP Service
  • United States:  $50 to $100 for street prostitute

Full list of rates charged by prostitutes for sex.

Prostitution Arrests:

  • Number of prostitution arrests in New York City each year: Around 4,200
  • Number of police needed to conduct a prostitution sting in the US: At least 5 officers
  • US Police Departments publicly identifying “Johns”: Around 60 percent across country
  • Arrests in South Korea for prostitution: 73,000 in 2009. 21,123 in 2012.

Prostitution Customers:

  • 99 percent of prostitution customers in France are male. 41 percent of them are married.
  • 10,000 men in Israel visit prostitutes each month.
  • 260,000 to 285,000 men in Denmark admitted to visiting a prostitute.
  • 9.1 percent of men in the United States stated in 2012 that they have paid for sex with a prostitute.
  • 80,000 men are customers of the sex trade on the island of Bali, Indonesia.

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Prostitution: Prices and Statistics of the Global Sex Trade

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