J. Kb’s post about who benefits from the sex works, is a reminder that there are indeed people benefiting from Prostitution and just because of the basest of needs: Greed. If you look at Europe where Prostitution is either not a crime anymore or the laws are not being enforced (just like with drugs) you would have to buy into the narrative that the women in the Sex Trade are doing it so voluntarily and making a profit for it.
And you would be wrong. But you can’t find much about it because it is not very well reported over there. Part of it because it is a “legal” thing and the press does not want to be seen as coming down on the prostitutes and part is because they do not want to hurt the tourist trade. It is easier for a tourist to dip his willie in a woman he does not know has been kidnapped and kept under control because she is pumped full of drugs by the pimp and she has not seen a doctor or performed a lab check on STDs since she started working in the trade.
And for politicians is easier to allow underage girls brought from East Europe and Africa to have their asses peddle than admit their platform was not only wrong but it actually created more victims.
I would like to give you firm numbers (I am in a bit of a hurry, taking mom to her doctor’s appointment), but about the only global source I was able to find was the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. What I briefly saw, makes me think they are not taking this thing too seriously plus it is old history about the UN Peacekeepers setting their own Child and Adult prostitution enterprises.