The National Forum for the Prevention of Child Labor estimates that there were around 500,000 child prostitutes across Brazil in 2012.
The number of children in the sex industry has continually grown in Brazil. In 2001, there were 100,000 children working as prostitutes. In 2010, there were 250,000 children.
In an interview with a former child prostitute, the 16 year old girl told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that she was making about $18 a night catering to local customers. Eventually, she began targeting nightclubs and foreign tourists, where her nightly earnings increased to $90 per night.
(More black market income and earnings.)
While being interviewed at a shelter for children escaping the sex trade, the girl stated that she once purchased a fake id for $212 (500 Brazilian Reais) when a foreign tourist promised to take her to Europe.
Source: Adriana Brasileiro, “Brazil’s child sex trade thrives as World Cup looms,” Thomson Reuters Foundation, December 3, 2013.
A street gang called the Cold-Blooded Cartel was operating in the greater Washington, DC region of the United States. According to court documents filed in federal court, the gang was pimping out girls as young as 16 to men in the DC area.
Police reports state that the girls were charging customers $200 for an hour of sex. The girls themselves would earn around $500 per day.
The Cold-Blooded Cartel was a gang that was founded in the US state of Georgia. The gang found that the Virginia suburb of Herndon was very profitable for the sex trade.
(More prices charged for sex by prostitutes worldwide.)
Source: Jake Hess, “Gangs in US capital pushing prostitution,” Al Jazeera, December 2, 2013.
In the red-light district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an estimated 2,000 women work in the sex industry.
Vila Mimosa, an area in Rio, is estimated to generate up to $430,000 a month through prostitution. Most of the customers are local men. Women who work as prostitutes in the area reportedly charge $20 for sexual services. Some of the women also hold part time jobs as maids and cashiers in addition to their sex work in order to survive.
In total, researchers have identified 279 active prostitution points across Rio, including areas such as the world famous Centaurus club.
(More prostitution rates on the black market.)
Source: Lauren Wilks, “Sex and survival in Rio de Janeiro’s red-light district,” Thomson Reuters Foundation, November 26, 2013.
A report in the British publication Daily Mail interviewed children who were prostituting themselves along the BR-116 highway in Brazil.
An 11 year old girl stated that truckers and other men pick her up on the side of the road and pay her $10 (25 Brazilian Real) for sex. There were previous reports by the BBC that stated the men pay children $5.50 for sex.
According to a government report, there are 262 places identified along the highway that connects San Paulo and Fortaleza. Based on the distance of the highway, every ten miles of highway will have a child selling sex on the side of the streets.
It was previously estimated that up to 250,000 children are working as prostitutes in Brazil.
Source: Jill Riley, “The child sex slaves of Brazil’s Highway From Hell: Horrifying story of how girls as young as NINE are forced to sell themselves for just £8 a time,” Daily Mail, November 12, 2013.
According to user submitted information, prostitutes in Turkey charge $30 for an hour of service, and to $100 for the night.
In the larger metropolitan areas such as Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul, the rate for the prostitute increases. Sex workers in those areas are able to charge up to $500 per night for VIP services.
(Additional prostitution prices worldwide.)
Source: User Submitted Data to Havocscope, received on November 12, 2013.
According to a report in the New York Times, the entry fee to enter famous brothel Centaurus in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil is about $60. Women customers are not allowed into the club.
When men enter the brothel after paying the door fee, they must remove their clothing and wear a white bathrobe and flip-flops while in the club. There are options to visit the sauna on the first floor, or the bar on the second floor where a customer is able to select a prostitute, or program girls as they are called in Brazil.
According to the Times, the starting price for a 40 minute session with a prostitute in a room at the brothel is $200.
The Centaurus received worldwide attention in November 2013 as pop star Justin Bieber was photographed by the paparazzi as he left the club.
(More prostitute prices worldwide.)
Source: Simon Romero and Taylor Barnes, “Before Global Games, Rio Is Fighting to Dim Red Light,” New York Times, November 8, 2013.
Women from at least 32 different countries were working as prostitutes in Ireland in 2012, according to an outreach support organization. Most of the migrant women were working at indoor brothels.
In 2011, women from 31 different countries were identified as prostitutes in Ireland.
(Number of prostitutes by country.)
Source: “Working prostitutes from 32 nations,” Independent, November 7, 2013.
According to the National Commission for Child Protection, there have been 21 girls between the ages of 14 to 16 who have been caught pimping out other girls in Indonesia in 2013.
One 17 year old girl told the Associated Press that she started pimping girls at the age of 14. At the peak of her operation, she had nearly 30 girls working for her as prostitutes. The girl was making up to $3,000 a month as a pimp. In one transaction, a client paid nearly $2,000, a BlackBerry and a motorcycle in order to have sex with a girl who was a virgin. The child pimp made $500 from that transaction.
In a separate case, a 15 year old girl who was employing 10 prostitutes was collecting 25 percent of the $50 to $150 per transaction that men were paying her workers. The girls who were working as prostitutes was the child pimps classmates and Facebook friends.
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are between 40,000 to 70,000 children who are sexually exploited in Indonesia each year.
Source: Associated Press, “‘The money was too strong to resist’: Indonesian kids pimp out other kids for sex,” NBC News, October 30, 2013.
In a national survey that tracks social behavior in the United States, there have been less men admitting to paying for sex in 2012 than at any other time over the past two decades.
Between 1991 and 1996, nearly 17 percent of men admitted on the survey that they have paid a prostitute. Between 2006 and 2012, the average number of men who stated that they paid for sex dropped to 13.2 percent. In 2012, the number was 9.1 percent.
Researchers and experts are divided over whether men are actually turning away from prostitution, or if they are simply less likely to admit it.
Some claim that with the rise of websites and dating apps, the ability of men to find partners is much easier now than it was in the previous decade. Another theory on the decline in paying customers was the fact that there are less men who have served in the military. According to data from the survey, men who served in the military were more than twice as likely to have ever paid for a prostitutes.
Other academic experts state that the survey could simply reflect the fears that men have in admitting the practice. As more states have recently increased the penalties in paying for sex, men could simply be more hesitant in admitting the crime, even if the survey is anonymous.
(Prostitute prices by country.)
Source: Emily Alpert Reyes, “Fewer men are paying for sex, survey suggests,” Los Angeles Times, November 2, 2013.
South Korean law mandates that men who are arrested for prostitution solicitation must attend “john schools” in an attempt to lower repeat offenders.
In 2009, the number of men forced to attend the classes peaked at nearly 35,000.
In 2011, the number of men declined to 7,400. Security officials in South Korea believe that the decline in attendees is not because there are fewer men visiting prostitutes, but due to the difficulty in detecting prostitution.
A government report estimated that there were 147,000 prostitutes working in South Korea.
Source: Kim Young-jin, “Sex trafficking victims fight social stigma,” Korea Times, October 28, 2013.