“In-Depth Report Details Economics of Sex Trade” by Annie Lowrey

Image courtesy of New York Times.

Image courtesy of New York Times.

Annie Lowrey, of the New York Times, reveals findings of the size, structure, and the economy of the sex trade in America, including massage parlors, brothels, and escort services.  This is an excerpt from a recent New York Times article.  The source of the article is: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/12/us/in-depth-report-details-economics-of-sex-trade.html?action=click&module=Search&region=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%23%2Fsex%2Btrafficking%2F30days%2F&_r=0

“A street prostitute in Dallas may make as little as $5 per sex act. But pimps can take in $33,000 a week in Atlanta, where the sex business brings in an estimated $290 million per year. It is not nearly as lucrative in Denver, where prostitution and other elements of an underground trade are worth about $40 million.

Those are some of the findings of a landmark government-sponsored report on the size and structure of the sex economy, including massage parlors, brothels and expensive escort services. The study also found that four in five pimps elect not to deal drugs and that little money trades hands in the child pornography business.

The report does not estimate the size of the illicit sex economy nationwide, instead analyzing the trade as of 2007 in eight cities: Miami, Dallas, Washington, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Atlanta and Kansas City, Mo.

The report, commissioned by the Justice Department, is intended to address what researchers describe as wide gaps in the understanding of how the underground sex trade works, especially in the Internet age.

‘It is the first of its kind to look in-depth and create a road map of the commercial sex economy — from point of entry to reasons to stay within it, and what the business and operations structure looks like,’ said Meredith Dank of the Urban Institute, the report’s lead author. ‘We’d hear numbers from law enforcement and advocacy groups. But there was never any empirical rigor that was used to estimate its size.’

The study focused on the business side, rather than on consumers, and researchers conducted more than 250 interviews with law enforcement officers, lawyers, pimps, sex traffickers, prostitutes and child pornographers, many of whom were in jail. Those interviews provide a wealth of data on pricing, market structures and the sex workers’ motivations.”

This is a significantly shortened excerpt.  To read the full article, please visit the New York Times website. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/12/us/in-depth-report-details-economics-of-sex-trade.html?action=click&module=Search&region=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%23%2Fsex%2Btrafficking%2F30days%2F&_r=0