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the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.

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Does Russia have around 3 million sex workers?

There are some links that mention this, for example: Ukranian Euromaidan Press claimed in 2017: There are now well over one million prostitutes in the Russian Federation, a figure that is higher than ...
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Does prostitution in Thailand make up around 10% of its GDP?

There are several sources that make a claim like that, I'm giving some of them: We don’t do sex work because we are poor, we do sex work to end our poverty Key sentence in that link: We are also the ...
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Does legalizing of prostitution lead to lowered spread of STIs in the general population?

I've found a number of articles claiming that legalizing prostitution is linked to lowed STIs. I could link a dozen other articles. Every one makes slightly different claims but they all seem to ...
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Was a shaved female orangutan used as a prostitute at an Indonesian brothel?

According to The New York Times (2017-11-04) (no paywall page): Several years ago, the Indonesian police rescued a female orangutan who had been shaved and was being used as a prostitute at a ...
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Does the Netherlands goverment fund 'Hookers for the Handicapped'?

In the Netherlands, citizens with disabilities receive money from the Government as part of the 'Hookers for the Handicapped' program, to pay for sexual services up to 12 times a year. This move has ...
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Is cash confiscated upon arrest in the US?

This image is going around Facebook, and reads (emphasis original): Pimps wear lots of gold jewelry bought at pawn shops to "re-pawn" for bail money since cash is confiscated upon arrest but ...
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Do 50% of prostitutes have HIV?

The Prostitution Statistics You Have to Know claims that: 50% of prostitutes throughout the world have contracted the HIV virus (For this statistic it references this BBC news article: The men who ...
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Was sexually transmitted disease rampant amongst troops occupying Japan?

In the English language Wikipedia article on the Recreation and Amusement Association, an organization for prostitution to Allied troops occupying Japan after World War II, it's claimed that sexually ...
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Does legalizing prostitution decrease sexual violence against all women?

In the debate about legalizing prostitution, yes or no, one claim is the legalization will decrease sexual violence against all women. For example from answers of pros in the link provided: "It ...
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Are drugs, sex and weapons the largest three markets?

I heard a claim from a guy in my class during high school, which was like 6 years ago or so, saying that the three 'biggest markets' in the world are drugs, sex and weapons. It of course implied quite ...
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Do 15,000+ prostitutes travel to the Super Bowl each year in the USA?

There have been several reports that a large number of prostitutes visit the host city of the Super Bowl each year: Prostitutes Plan to Profit Big From Super Bowl Week in South Florida Local police ...
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Does the availability of pornography increase prostitution and sex trafficking?

Rick Santorum one of the Republicans seeking the presidential candidate nomination in America posted a piece on how and why he opposes pornography with some claims that he suggests is backed up by ...
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Are 50% to 90% of prostitutes in the Netherlands sex slaves?

In Does Legalizing Prostitution Work?, the author says that even after prostitution is legal, a lot of women are still forced into prostitution. These women are Amsterdam's leading tourist ...
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Did the US government spend millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly?

According to this site, "Washington is spending $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job." Is this true, and, if so, what program are they referencing?
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Is prostitution uncommon among geishas?

Many news stories and plenty of ensuing comments about geishas have people making a strong point that geishas are not prostitutes. However, the wikipedia article makes a meal out of the topic and ...
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Does legalizing prostitution lead to an increase in human trafficking?

This is a common argument against the legalization of prostitution, and I'm curious if there's any truth to the claim that human trafficking actually increase when prostitution is made legal.
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Did most sex workers experience abuse as a child?

Dr. Drew Pinsky, a medical doctor who hosts several television and radio programs, claims quite frequently that most people who engage in sex-related industries, such as prostitution or pornography, ...
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