Statistics

SEX INDUSTRY STATS compiled by Treasures Ministry at http://iamatreasure.com/about-us/statistics/

PREVALENCE

  • There are more women are employed by the sex industry than any other time in history[i].
  • Hollywood releases 11,000 adult movies per year – more than 20 times the mainstream movie production[iii].
  • At 13.3 billion, the 2006 revenues of the sex and porn industry in the U.S. are bigger than the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball combined[iv].
  • Worldwide sex industry sales for 2006 are reported to be $97 billion. To put this in perspective, Microsoft, who sells the operating system used on most of the computers in the world (in addition to other software) reported sales of 44.8 billion in 2006 [iv].
  • Every second – $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography [iv].
  • “The porn industry employs an excess of 12,000 people in California. In California alone the porn industry pays over $36 million in taxes every year[v].”
  • Human trafficking is the second largest global organized crime today, generating approximately 31.6 billion USD each year. Specifically, trafficking for sexual exploitation generates 27.8 billion USD per year[vi].
  • There 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide [vi].

WOMEN

Research related to women working in various aspect of the sex industry is telling.  Such research indicates that women working in the sex industry are faced with higher rates

  • drug addictions[ix],
  • sexually transmitted diseases[x],
  • violent assaults[xi], and
  • mental health problems[xii] such as Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than the general population.


Between 66% to 90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children[xiii].

70% of interviewees in a study by Silbert and Pines noted that childhood sexual abuse had an influence on their entry into prostitution[xiv].

Women in the sex industry experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at rates equivalent

to veterans of combat war[xv].

Diagnosis of PTSD per country of prostituted respondents:

• Canada: 74%

• Colombia: 86%

• Germany: 60%

• Mexico: 54%

• South Africa: 75%

• Thailand: 58%

• Turkey: 66%

• USA: 69%

• Zambia: 71%

***Diagnosis of PTSD for combat war veterans: 69%

89% of women in the sex industry said they wanted to escape, but had no other means for survival [xv].

73% of women in prostitution have been raped more than five times. vi

70% of females who are trafficked are trafficked into the commercial sex industry[xvi] (This includes Porn, Strip Clubs, and massage parlors in the US) –

Women in the sex industry face a myriad of issues that impact their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Many feel desperately isolated and alone. Because their hurts and needs are multi-faceted, the approach to assisting them in the recovery process needs to be holistic as well.

 VIOLENCE AND AGGRESSION AGAINST WOMEN IN PORN

A content analysis of the 50 best-selling adult videos revealed that across all scenes:

  • 3,376 verbal and/or physically aggressive acts were observed.
  • On average, scenes had 11.52 acts of either verbal of physical aggression, ranging from none to 128.
  • 48 percent of the 304 scenes analyzed contained verbal aggression, while more than 88 percent showed physical aggression.
  • 72 percent of aggressive acts were perpetrated by men.
  • 94 percent of aggressive acts were committed against women. [xvii]
List of Works Cited

[i] Stripped – Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers, Barton

[ii] Stripped – Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers, Barton

[iii] LA Times Magazine, 2002

[iv] Internet Filter Review http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/internet-pornography-statistics.html

[v] Bill Lyon, a former lobbyist for the defense industry turned lobbyist for porn, as quoted by CBS News November 2003.

[vi] United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2009, Trafficking in Persons: Global Patterns, Available: http://www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/Global_Report_on_TIP.pdf

[vii] Christianity Today survey in 2000

[viii] National Coalition survey of pastors, Seattle, April 2000.

[ix] Hutchinson, S. J., Gore, S. M., Taylor, A., Goldberg, D. J., Frischer, M. (2000).  Extent and contributing factors of drug expenditure of injectors in Glasgow: Multi-site city-wide cross-sectional study.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 176(2), 166-172.

Norton-Hawk, M. (2001).  The counterproductivity of incarcerating female street prostitutes.  Deviant Behavior:  An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22, 403-417.

Potterat, J. J., Rothenberg, R. B., Muth, S., Q., Darrow, W.W., Phillips-Plummer, L. (1998).  Pathways to prostitution: The chronology of sexual and drug abuse milestones.  Journal of Sex Research, 35(4), 333-340.

Weisberg, K. D. (1985).  Children of the night:  A study of adolescent prostitution.  Lexington, MA & Toronto:  D.C. Heath and Company.

Young, A. M., Boyd, C., Hubbell, A. (2000).  Prostitution, drug use, and coping with psychological distress.  Journal of Drug Issues, 30(4), 789-800.

[x] Gupta, G. R., Weiss, E. & Wheland, D. (1996).  Women and AIDs:  Building a new HIV prevention strategy.  New York: Oxford.

Maia, Wojcicki, J., & Malala, J. (2001).  Condom use, power, and HIV/AIDS risk:  Sex-workers bargain for survival in Hillbrow/Joubert Park?Berea, Johannesburg.  Social Science & Medicine, 53(1).

Mann, J. & Tarantola, D. (1996).  AIDs in the world II global dimensions, socila roots, & responses.  New York:  Oxford University Press.

Yates, G. L., MacKenzie, R. G; Pennbridge, J., & Swofford, A.  (1991).  A risk profile comparison of homeless youth involved in prostitution and homeless youth not involved.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 12(7), 545-548.

[xi] Bracey, D. H. (1982). The juvenile prostitute: Victim and offender Victimology, 8(3-4), 151-160.

Brener, L. & Pauw, I. (1998).  Sex work on the streets of Capetown.  Indicator, 13, 25-28.

Hobson, B. M. (1997).  Uneasy virtue:  The politics of prostitution and the American reform tradition.  New York: Basic.

Maia, Wojcicki, J., & Malala, J. (2001).  Condom use, power, and HIV/AIDS risk:  Sex-workers bargain for survival in Hillbrow/Joubert Park?Berea, Johannesburg.  Social Science & Medicine, 53(1).

Norton-Hawk, M. (2001).  The counterproductivity of incarcerating female street prostitutes.           Deviant Behavior:  An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22, 403-417.

Weisberg, K. D. (1985).  Children of the night:  A study of adolescent prostitution. Lexington, MA & Toronto:  D.C. Heath and Company.

[xii] Alegria, M., Vera, M., Freeman, D., Robles, R., Santos, M., & Rivera, C., (1994).  HIV infection, risk behaviors, and depressive symptoms among Puerto Rican sex workers.  American Journal of Public Health, 84(12), 2000-2002.

Chudakov, B., Ilian, K., & Belmaker, R. H. (2002).  The motivation & mental health of sex workers.  Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 28, 305-315.

Flowers, B. R. (1994).  The prostitution of women and girls.  North Carolina and London: McFarland.

Yates, G. L., MacKenzie, R. G; Pennbridge, J., & Swofford, A.  (1991).  A risk profile comparison of homeless youth involved in prostitution and homeless youth not involved.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 12(7), 545-548.

[xiii] Bracey, D. H. (1982). The juvenile prostitute: Victim and offender Victimology, 8(3-4), 151-160.

Harlan, S., Rogers, L. L. & Slattery, B. (1981).  Male and female adolescent prostitution: Huckleberry house sexual minority youth services project.  Washington D.C.:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Norton-Hawk, M. (2001).  The counterproductivity of incarcerating female street prostitutes.  Deviant Behavior:  An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22, 403-417.

Silbert, M. H. (1980).  Sexual assault of prostitutes: Phase one.  Washington D.C.:  National Center for  the Prevention and Control of Rape, National Institute of Mental Health.

Weisberg, K. D. (1985).  Children of the night:  A study of adolescent prostitution.  Lexington, MA & Toronto:  D.C. Heath and Company.

[xiv] Silbert, M.H., & Pines, A.M. (1981). Sexual child abuse as an antecedent to prostitution. Child Abuse and Neglect 5:407-411.

Silbert, M.H., & Pines, A.M. (1983).  Early sexual exploitation as an influence in prostitution. Social Work 28:285-289.

[xv] Melissa Farley, from “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” http://www.prostitutionresearch.com

vi Melissa Farley, from “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” http://www.prostitutionresearch.com

[xvi] U.S. Department of Justice, Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons: 2004

[xvii] (Bridges, A., Wosnitzer, R., Scharrer, E., Sun, C., & Liberman, R. (in press).  Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography: A content analysis update. Violence Against Women.)

[xviii] Focus on the Family Poll, October 1, 2003

[xix] Marriage Related Research, Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D.  Christian Counseling Today, 2004 Vol. 12 No. 1.

[xx] Forrester Research Report, 2001

[xxi] According to “Social Costs of Porn” http://internetsafety101.org

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