This website has consistently argued in favor of legalizing prostitution.  It’s not that we’re looking to score, we simply believe the criminalization of sexual activity between consenting adults – for profit or otherwise – is an encroachment on individual liberty.  Not only that, we believe the criminalization of prostitution deprives individuals of the ability to provide for themselves – thus draining the broader consumer economy.

And yes, we suppose there is a revenue component for providing core functions of government … although that’s not a reason we would embrace.

Anyway, we made all of those arguments in THIS PIECE

Today we’re focusing on the business of sex – the “hard” numbers, if you will.  Or “soft” numbers, judging from the latest data.

According to a report published by The Economist , the world’s oldest profession has seen a marked decline in profitability – “a drop in the average hourly rate of a prostitute in recent years.”

The publication – which analyzed date from 84 cities in twelve countries – found that the worldwide average cost for an hour with a prostitute has fallen from just under $350 in 2006 to just over $250 in 2014.  In an interview with Maxine Doogan – who heads up the Erotic Service Providers Union – standard services (i.e. vaginal intercourse and fellatio) in America are currently running at around $200 an hour.

That’s exactly what they were in 1988 when Doogan began working as a prostitute in Nevada – where the profession has been legal since the mid-19th century.

Adjusted for inflation, though, that rate has seen a whopping 49.3 percent decrease .

The Economist report also found that the more prostitutes are willing to do, the more they get paid.

“Sex workers who offer anal sex or spanking earn on average $25 or $50 more per hour, respectively,” the publication found. “Those who will accept two male clients at once or do threesomes with another woman command a larger premium.”

Apparently size matters, too, as women who go “from flat-chested to a D-cup increases hourly rates by approximately $40, meaning that at a typical price of $3,700, surgery could pay for itself after around 90 hour.”

Like we said: Hard numbers, people … hard numbers.

Whatever the data reveals, prostitution is an economic avenue we believe women ought to be permitted to avail themselves of – assuming that’s their choice.  Also, new technology makes it easier and safer for women to engage the profession on their own – and on their own terms – without having to rely on seedy criminals to line up business for them.