Sex Trade: Prostitution Facts and Prostitution Statistics


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  1. Sex Trade Revenue Worldwide $186.00 Billion

News and statistics about prostitution. Facts about the illegal sex trade is collected from security agencies, criminal justice programs, research organizations and media reports.

A report published by the European Commission found that up to $344 Million (€250 Million) in revenue is generated from sex trafficking in Ireland each year. (Note: This amount is the same amount that was reported last year as the total revenue generated from prostitution in Ireland.)

An estimated 1,000 women are available for sale due to human trafficking in Ireland at any given moment, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

Based on surveys of customers of the sex trade, around 92 percent of the men who visit prostitutes are over the age of 45. The men also earn over $27,000 (€20,000) in wages per year.

(More prices of human trafficking victims around the world.)

Source:  “Sex-buyers mostly well-educated, 42yrs+ men in relationships, study finds,” Irish Examiner, March 27, 2014.

According to the Interior Ministry of Russia, there were 66 cases of human trafficking resisted by the criminal justice system in 2013. Out of that total, 63 cases were for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

In addition to the human trafficking cases, security agencies in Russia saw nearly 3,500 sex related crimes across the country. These cases included prostitution, illegal production and distribution of porn, and child sexual abuse images.

Source:  “Set of measures needed to prevent human sex trafficking in Russia – Interior Minister,” Voice of Russia, March 28, 2014.

According to research organization Demoskopika in Italy, the mafia syndicate ‘Ndrangheta collected $73 Billion (€53 Billion) in revenue in 2013.

The various revenue streams for the syndicate is as follows:

Intelligence from criminal justice programs state that the ‘Ndragheta has around 400 key operatives working on its behalf in 30 countries. When including all people who conduct business on behalf of the group, then the number of people working for ‘Ndragheta is estimated to be as high as 60,000.

Source:  AFP, “‘Ndrangheta mafia ‘made more last year than McDonald’s and Deutsche Bank’,” Guardian, March 26, 2014.

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According to research organization Demoskopika in Italy, the mafia syndicate ‘Ndrangheta collected $73 Billion (€53 Billion) in revenue in 2013.

The various revenue streams for the syndicate is as follows:

Intelligence from criminal justice programs state that the ‘Ndragheta has around 400 key operatives working on its behalf in 30 countries. When including all people who conduct business on behalf of the group, then the number of people working for ‘Ndragheta is estimated to be as high as 60,000.

Source:  AFP, “‘Ndrangheta mafia ‘made more last year than McDonald’s and Deutsche Bank’,” Guardian, March 26, 2014.

Police in Indonesia broke up a prostitution ring that was operating on the social media site Facebook.

Jakarta police stated that the ring was offering prostitutes to customers through the use of a Facebook account. Undercover officers posed as a customer and arrested the women and driver who showed up at the hotel.

According to police, the ring charged the undercover officer $70 (800,000 Indonesian Rupiah) for the appointment at a hotel.

(More illegal prostitute prices worldwide.)

Source:  “Jakarta Police Bust Facebook Prostitution Ring,” Jakarta Globe, March 14, 2014.

According to agents with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation in Orlando, Florida, a woman told authorities that she was making up to $80,000 a month while working as a high class escort. Her friend, who was also working for the escort agency, told police that she made $500,000 a year, or about $42,000 a month.

Investigators stated that between 15 to 20 women were working for this group of illegal prostitution services. The illegal agency would charge customers $300 to $400 for one hour, with a five hour dinner date costing between $1,500 to $1,800.

(More earnings from the black market.)

Source:  Amy Pavuk, “Arrest sheds light on ‘upscale’ escort business,” Orlando Sentinel, March 5, 2014.

A report in the New York Times highlighted the sex industry of Dongguan, China. The red light distict in Dongguan is considered to be one of the most developed sex trade areas in all of China. However, in February and March 2014, Chinese security services have begun to crack down on the sex trade in the city.

Prior to the crackdown, the NY Times reported that the cost to hire a woman for two hours in an upscale brothel would cost about $160 (1,000 renminbi.)

Brothel owners also advertised job openings to women in the area. One help-wanted sign in the city stated that a prostitute could make between $1,640 to $4,900 a month. If a woman only wanted to be a karaoke bar hostess, then the woman could make up to $1,300 a month plus tips.

The scale of the sex trade on the local economy was being felt as business dried up due to the government crackdown. One club manager stated that two out of five people in the area would lose their jobs if the sex industry continued to be shut down. Another club owner stated that he was losing $10,000 per day in expenses and lost revenue. One taxi driver stated that he could make up to $120 per night from commissions paid out by brothel owners when he would bring customers to their location.

(More prostitute rates worldwide.)

Source:  Edward Wong, “Red Lights Dim in China’s Sin City,” New York Times, March 6, 2014.

According to user submitted data, the price of sex charged by street prostitutes in Tehran, Iran is between $50 to $65.

Customers pick up the prostitutes while driving on the streets of Tehran. In general, the asking rate is $65, but the payment price is usually lowered to $50. The customer brings the prostitute back to their apartment for an hour. Some prostitutes require the customer to bring her back to  her original location.

Most of the street prostitutes in Tehran and native women in their 20s.

(More prostitution prices from the black market.)

Source:  User submitted data, received by Havocscope on March 4, 2014.

In 2010, police in the US State of South Dakato arrested 6 people for prostitution charges.

In 2013, the number of prostitution arrests made by the Sioux Falls Police Department increased to 99. Despite a new focus on tackling sex trafficking and focusing on pimps and customers, police stated that there were more arrests for prostitution than for pimping in 2013.

(How much money a pimp makes from one trafficked girl?)

Source:  Associated Press, “Shift in policing in South Dakota turns up heat on sex trade,” Rapid City Journal, March 2, 2014.

There are an estimated 200,000 prostitutes working in Bangladesh.

In 2004, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated that 10,000 underage girls were working as prostitutes in Bangladesh. Other estimates about the girls working in the sex industry placed the number at 29,000. Many of the girls working in the sex industry are victims of human trafficking and their families were paid $250 by traffickers.

(More prices of human trafficking victims.)

90 percent of the prostitutes in Bangladesh take a steroid in order to appear older and to assist them in having sex with more clients each day. The steroid, called oradexon, is usually used by farmers to fatten up their livestock.

Sex customers in Bangladesh pay 60 cents for each visit, while the young girls pay 16 cents for the steroid.

(More prostitution rates worldwide.)

Source:  “Bangladeshi sex workers take steroids to snag clients,” Deutsche Welle, February 28, 2014.