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The Business Of Sex




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.

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