If you’ve ever wondered the force that keeps this old profession thriving, it’s all about the Benjamins. And the Jacksons. And the Grants. These workers bring in millions. It’s a thriving business, even if it is illegal in most jurisdictions.
According to a recent study by the Urban Institute, on average they bring in between $5,000 and $32,800 a week. No, that’s not a typo. That’s per week. Some workers charge more than others. And that amount is the average. Some sex workers bring in less than $5000 per week, and some workers bring in more than the $32K per week. I never could understand why so many people pay so much for a night of naked fun when you think of all of the people out there from whom you can get it for free. But people willingly pay for it. And it crosses all demographic boundaries; all ages, economics, genders, sexual orientation, etc.
Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities, shed light on this phenomenon in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and Washington, DC. I wish they had done a comparison to some of the issues in Nevada, where prostitution is legalized. It would be interesting to see what – if any – similarities (or differences) exit between Nevada and all those other cities.