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US pimps can pull in $41,000 a week, study finds

Published on Mar 13, 2014 5:14 AM

CHICAGO (AFP) - From streetwalkers who charge as little as US$5 (S$6.30) per sex act to pimps who bring in tens of thousands a week, prostitution is big business in the United States a study released Wednesday found.

With a plethora of massage parlors, makeshift brothels, secretive high-end escorts and overt online ads, the underground commercial sex economy has long been known to be complex and extremely lucrative.

The Urban Institute is the first research group to come up with a solid estimate on how much money changes hands and how the market for sex works in eight US cities.

In the tourism and convention hub of Atlanta, Georgia, the underground sex economy was pegged at US$290 million a year - more than the illicit sale of drugs and guns combined.

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