In most parts of the world, prostitution is legal but various related activities like soliciting in the public place, owning a brothel, managing it, and kerb crawling is a crime. It is considered legal only when carried out in the residence of a prostitute. In the European countries, prostitution is one of the most profitable industries, although underground. Among the 42 million prostitutes, 2 million belong to the United States. Most of the girls are just forced into this industry as sex workers by the pimps. The practice is illegal. Thus, it goes unregulated. Although the act happens behind the closed doors, you need to know certain facts about it.
#1. Men visit brothels for various reasons
Many people think that men pay a visit to brothels when they are not satisfied physically at home. But there are several other reasons like an instant urge for gratification or a desire to copulate with a person of a specific race. There can also be a certain fetish that needs to be fulfilled.
#2. A huge income is generated from the flesh trade
If you think that drugs and guns are the largest sources of revenue for a nation then you need to think again. In fact, more amount of cash flows from the flesh trade than any other. Atlanta earns the maximum income from this trade that ranges up to 290 million dollars. Again, Washington DC, and Miami earn revenue of $103 million and $235 million, respectively. A pimp can earn tons of cash where the average income per week moves up to $33,000.
#3. Prostitution is a dangerous profession
Prostitution is more dangerous profession than working in an oil rig or a coal mine. The death rate of prostitutes is much higher than the fishermen. Most of the times, the prostitutes are physically attacked at least once a month. Since prostitutes cannot have them arrested or get found, they are the soft targets. There is no legal recourse if they do not want to get found. Apart from this, female sex workers are easier to arrest, as any cop can pose as a customer.
#4. Sex deals are made online
Internet is a popular option or medium used for shopping. In fact, more and more sex deals happen online and you will not find much of prostitutes hanging on the streets corners. The internet offers more anonymity and security for the companies profiting from flesh trade. Online forum can attract rich clientele base having deeper pockets.
#5. Those who are vulnerable are soft targets
When it comes to the pimping job, recruitment of suitable candidates is the large part. All the homeless and runaways at the transportation hubs are the soft targets. Pimps, usually target the underage workers. The pimp identifies the void in the life of the girl and targets her by showering that which lacks in her life.
#6. Craigslist is not the top site for advertising sex services
Craigslist makes for almost 13.9% of the adult services listing. This site is now trumped by Backpage.com which has an extensive section to discuss out intimate services. It is found that Backpage.com makes $22 million a year for the adult personals alone.
#7. The client base is just surprising
You will find that the client base belongs to various walks of life. There is not just single profile posing as typical client. People of different races and professions participate including the judges, the teachers, the lawyers and the doctors.
Now, the flesh trade is no more an underground business, as it used to be. You will find brothels that operate legally under the nose of the cops. Although, prostitution is not legal, the brothel may be legal. Licensed brothels charge more prices than the unlicensed ones.