These Are The Countries Who Spend The Most On Prostitutes

By : Alex Mays |


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In a world where sex sells, it seems many people are spending more on it than others.

Despite the idea of paying for sex being looked down upon by many, prostitution is happening across the globe, whether legal or illegal.


Out of the 196 countries in the world, prostitution is reportedly legal in more than 50 of them. But that doesn’t stop the likes of South Korea, where it’s not legal, placing in the top 10 countries who spend the most cash on prostitutes per person.

The data is based on estimated market values from countries where prostitution revenue is available, and they used public health programs and law enforcement initiatives to come up with an average per person spend on prostitution.

Despite China spending the most on prostitutes – a staggering $73 billion to be precise – Spain top the charts when it comes to per person spend, coming in at $372.

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Here’s the full list…

1. Spain $372
2. Switzerland $291
3. South Korea $165
4. Germany $151
5. Japan $128
6. Bulgaria $122
7. Thailand $63
8. Taiwan $53
9. Ireland $45
10. Israel $42

According to Havoscope – who published the data – prostitution revenue around the world topped $186 billion (£127 billion).

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The U.S. and UK don’t even touch the top 10, which is pretty surprising considering most recent figures showed prostitution made £5.3 billion for the economy in Britain.

Prostitution is technically legal in the UK although related activities, such as soliciting for sex in a public place, are outlawed.

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And, when it comes to the amount of workers, China tops the list with 5 million workers, followed by India’s 3 million and the U.S. with 1 million.


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