Prostitution is known by many names, from streetwalkers and brothels, to sophisticated call-girls or escort services, often called "the oldest profession," However, whatever name it goes by, in most countries, prostitution is legal or illegal.
Prostitution is, at its most basic meaning, the exchange of a sexual act for money. The term has been extended by national legislation to make it a felony to give, consent to, or participate in a sexual act for compensation of some sort. The laws of some nations prosecute the act of prostitution, and the statutes of other countries criminalize the activities of soliciting prostitution, organizing prostitution, and maintaining a prostitution house. Prostitution, whether services are given or not, is considered in most countries that provide sexual services or consent to provide those services in exchange for money. That's why those sting operations you see on TV are successful. The prostitute agrees to provide the service, pays for the service from the undercover police office and then handcuffs the prostitute without delivering the service. There is a worldwide total of 40-42 million prostitutes. 80 percent of the world's prostitute population is female, ranging in age from 13-25. 90 percent of all prostitutes are dependent on a pimp. Although these prostitution figures only touch the surface, they illustrate the size of the worldwide sex-for-sale industry.
However, check below 5 countries with the highest number of prostitutes in the world:
Venezuela is a nation of varied natural attractions on the northern coast of South America. There are tropical resort islands along its Caribbean shore, including Isla de Margarita and the archipelago of Los Roques. To the northwest are the Andes Mountains and the colonial town of Mérida, a base for visiting Sierra Nevada National Park. To the north is Caracas, the capital.
In Venezuela, prostitution is not punishable and these workers can be seen on the streets from noon to late at night without the police authorities having some form of power, who normally do street surveillance work near the roads where they operate. It is legal and regulated to do sex work in Venezuela. Sex workers are required by the country's Ministry of Health and Social Development to carry identification cards and to have monthly health checks. Prostitution, particularly in Caracas and other domestic tourist destinations, is prevalent. In combination with the oil industry of the twentieth century, the Venezuelan sex slave industry emerged and continues today. According to assessments by United Nations agencies and field studies and complaints received by seven humanitarian organizations, reports of prostitution, especially among girls and young people, have multiplied during the crisis exacerbated by the global depression caused by the pandemic. Buildings consulted by the AP.
Despite being a major issue, some of the activists surveyed argued that for many years the Ministry of Health had not issued statistics on sex workers and ensured that they had to operate empirically "blindly." The official figures available date from 1997 and show that the South American nation had 371,000 sex workers. The Colombian coast is visited by thousands of visitors every year. Venezuelan girls come searching for potential hard currency buyers on the beaches, rather than the devalued Venezuelan bolivars they collect back home. It is well recognized that the country has the largest number of prostitutes in the world, and this is attributed to the poor economic condition in the country. Prostitution is, as a matter of fact, so extreme to the point that prostitutes are allowed to use ID cards as a means of identification.
2. South Korea
On the southern half of the Korean peninsula, South Korea, an East Asian country, shares one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world with North Korea. It is equally renowned for its lush, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, as well as its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities like Seoul, the capital of the country.
In South Korea, prostitution is widespread, rooted in the society, and a consequence of women's status. Despite the fact that both the nation and the women who engage in it are deemed to be shameful, despite the fact that it is illegal, prostitution flourishes. It is claimed, paradoxically, that one of the key causes of this situation has to do with Koreans' very strong focus on preserving and saving face. The last of these is that prostitution is a key means of preserving male dominance, not just over prostitutes, but over all Korean women. The truth, however, is that prostitution in Korea is everywhere. Prostitution is a greater chunk of GDP than agriculture, from the ubiquitous barber pole to the basement coffee shops. According to a study published by the Korean Institute of Criminology (KIC), last year, the country's sex trade was valued at 24 trillion won (US$ 20.4 billion), representing 4.1 percent of the total GDP of 578 trillion won. Nearly 20% of men between the ages of 20 and 64 visit prostitutes on average 4.5 times per month, paying an amount that breaks down to 154,000 won (US$130) each time. As always, economics is the key explanation for the option of sex for sale. The normal female wage worker should expect to earn slightly less than their male counterpart. Handbags and nose jobs are not just self-paying.
In South America, Peru is home to a portion of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan town high in the Andes. The area around Machu Picchu is rich in archaeological sites, including the Holy Valley, the Inca Trail, and the colonial town of Cusco. Lima, the capital, with a preserved colonial core and large collections of pre-Columbian art, is on Peru's arid Pacific coast.
Prostitution is legal and regulated in Peru. UNAIDS reports that the country has 67,000 prostitutes. Adult prostitution is legal for women and men over the age of 18 years if they are registered with the local authorities and possess a health certificate. Brothels must be approved. In the informal sector, where they lack health security, the vast majority of prostitutes work. The running of unlicensed brothels is tolerated by individual police officers.
The Republic of the Philippines formally known as the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is an archipelagic nation in Southeast Asia. The Philippines is located in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of about 7,641 islands, widely classified from north to south under three major geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and Quezon City is the most populous city, all under Metro Manila's single urban area. The Philippines shares maritime boundaries with Taiwan to the north, Japan to the northeast, Palau to the east, Indonesia to the south, Malaysia and Brunei to the southwest, Vietnam to the west, and China to the northwest. Bounded by the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the southwest.
Though prostitution is illegal in the Philippines, finding prostitutes at bars and massage parlors are easy for locals and tourists. Prostitution began around Angeles City's Clark Air Base in the early 1960s when the base became important because of the Vietnam War. Olongapo City's main street had no fewer than 30 girlie bars catering to the needs of the United States during the 1970s. Navy troops visiting the Naval Base of Subic. The pseudonym 'Sin City' was acquired by the city. In these two locations, the closing of the U.S. bases did not change the situation much; it just changed the clientele. Fields Avenue near Clark, Angeles, Pampanga, under the umbrella of "entertainment" and "hospitality industry" continued to develop as a hub of the sex tourism industry. In a big drive by the then Governor Jane Gordon, the girlie bars at Olongapo were closed down; they merely relocated, however, to the neighboring town of Barrio Baretto, which contains a series of at least 40 bars that serve as centers of prostitution. According to UNICEF, there are 60,000 child prostitutes in the Philippines.
In Nigeria, prostitution is illegal in all northern states that use the Islamic penal code. Under sections 223, 224, and 225 of the Nigerian Criminal Code, the acts of pimps or madams, underage prostitution and the operation or possession of brothels are penalized in Southern Nigeria. While commercial sex work is not legalized by Nigerian law, it is ambiguous if such work is done by an independent person who works without the use of pimps or a brothel on his or her own accord. National and transnational trafficking in women for commercial sex or forced labor is prohibited by the Nigerian penal system. Nigeria is a signatory of the United Nations of 2000. Protocol for the Prevention, Repression and Sanction of Trafficking in Persons, in particular Women and Children.
Nearly two thirds, or around 63 percent, suggested in a survey of commercial sex workers that they began commercial sex work before the age of 19. A majority (63 percent) of them operate in brothels. 88 percent of workers operate in cities far from their childhood homes due to the negative public view of commercial sex work. A plurality within the low-income bracket came from families. Prior to the start of the job, sex workers are taught by an older specialist or pimp. Training lessons concern how to cope with a tough man, STD's and self-defence. There was little information on STDs for a large number of sex workers, and most reported that they did not use a clinic for treatment.
UNAIDS estimate there to be 103,506 prostitutes in the country.
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