Study sheds light on dark sex trafficking industry by Gail Sullivan

Gail Sullivan of the Washington Post discusses a recent study on the sex trafficking industry. This study was conducted in several US states. This is a shortened excerpt of the Washington Post article. The source of this excerpt is

“A landmark Urban Institute study released today of sex trafficking includes some startling facts. Among them:

Convicted pimps and sex traffickers interviewed for the study said they raked in between $5,000 and $32,833 a week.

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Pimps-unsurprisingly-make a lot more money than the prostitutes.


Physical violence against sex trade employees is probably underreported, according to the study.

The underground sex economy thrives with help from the real economy, of course. Pimps, brothels, and escort services rely on drivers, secretaries and nannies to run their operations. Offenders sometimes escape prosecution by paying of hotel managers and even law enforcement agents.


Of the cities surveyed – Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and Washington, DC – Atlanta’s underground sex market was the most lucrative, raking in $290 million in 2007.”

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the Washington Post website.

Gail Sullivan is a business reporter for the Washington Post.