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Economics Of The Sex Trade In 8 Major U.S. Cities (Infographic)

March 24, 2014 by Justin Lehmiller


With the exception of a few counties in Nevada, prostitution is illegal throughout the United States. Given that sex work is something that largely exists in the shadows in this country, next to nothing is known about the full size and scope of this industry. However, a new study just released by the Urban Institute sheds some light on the just how much money is exchanged for sex in the U.S. every year, and I think the results will surprise you. The infographic below highlights some of the key findings from this study; however, you can find the complete set of results erground-Commercial-Sex-Economy.pdf”>here.


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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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