According to Denis Foynes, there are about 3 million people travelling every year on sex tourism trips and the number isn’t getting any smaller.
Below is a list of the top 10 countries with the most sex workers per 10,000 people.
1. Venezuela: 119 sex workers per 10,000 people
The economic condition in Venezuela is pretty bad and this is one of the reason that tripled the number of sex workers here.
2. South Korea: 110 sex workers per 10,000 people
Despite legal sanctions and police crackdowns, prostitution continues to flourish in South Korea, while sex workers continue to actively resist the state’s activity.
3. Peru: 102 sex workers per 10,000 people
In Peru, prostitution is legal for women over 18 years old and that’s only if they register with municipal authorities and carry a health certificate. However, child prostitution is still going on in this region (in fact, the number has doubled in the recent years).
4. Philippines: 85 sex workers per 10,000 people
The Philippines offers female company in the form of “bargirls”. The girls here are usually required to wear their “bargirl” ID tags in well known places. On top of that, they are regularly tested for STDs.
5. Nigeria: 63 sex workers per 10,000 people
A sex tourism market for divorced older western women is on the rise in Nigeria.
6. China: 60 sex workers per 10,000 people
According to some of the well known researchers in China, there are about 10 million active prostitutes in China. In other words, these prostitutes actually contribute as much as five percent to the country’s annual GDP (although the earnings are not taxed, it still goes back into the economy through consumption).
7. Brazil: 53 sex workers per 10,000 people
Prostitution is legal in Brazil, however, it is illegal to run a prostitution center or to employ prostitutes in any other way.
8. Malaysia: 52 sex workers per 10,000 people
Prostitution is huge in Malaysia. The United States has put Malaysia on the blacklist of countries with the worst cases of human trafficking and human rights abuse, including child prostitution.
9. Germany: 49 sex workers per 10,000 people
Prostitution is also legal here in Germany. It’s little wonder when you consider that organized prostitution in the country dates back to the 1200’s AD.
10. Thailand: 45 sex workers per 10,000 people
Prostitution is illegal in Thailand, however, in practice it is tolerated and partly regulated.