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Paying for Sex Costs Less Around the World

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:24:29 +0000

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s a buyer’s market for people who pay for sex, a new survey from The Economist suggests.

After reviewing data from 190,000 female sex workers, better known as prostitutes, from 84 cities in 12 countries, the going rate per hour averages $260.

While that might seem steep, the study shows that it’s down from $340 an hour in 2006.

The two major reasons why paying for sex costs less, according to The Economist, are fairly obvious: the Great Recession and the relative ease of people selling their sexual wares on the Internet.

Other reasons for lower prices among ladies of the evening are the migration of sex workers from poor countries to wealthier nations and the legalization of prostitution in some countries such as Germany.

There is one upside for the sex workers: by advertising online, they can eliminate the middleman.

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