It’s believed that there are over 42 million prostitutes working around the world and in this article, we’re going to give you the inside scoop on the Top 10 countries with the most prostitution! Whilst you’re probably thinking of the obvious prostitution destinations of the Netherlands and Germany etc. the results may shock you.
The team at Whoreuro spends a lot of time jetting around the world exploring sex in various countries, it’s not a bad life! In our quest for international pleasure, we’ve learned a thing or two about which countries are home to the biggest sex industries.
When collecting data for prostitution around the world, there are various factors that make it difficult due to the legality of prostitution and poor regulation in some countries so statistics on sex workers are often contested. The statistics in this article are courtesy of a survey carried out by the United Nations in 2016 called Sex Workers: Size Estimates.
The southeast Asian country of Thailand is an expected member of this list, but surprisingly comes in the last place! Home to an estimated 144,000 prostitutes, the country is a popular destination for sex tourists from all around the world.
Thailand is also home to a large population of transgender men and women, which is also a large draw for many people looking for sex with shemalez.
9. The Philippines
Like its nearby neighbor of Thailand, the Philippines is another country synonymous with prostitution. Despite being a relatively small nation, the Philippines is home to over an estimated 152,000 prostitutes.
Like Thailand, the Philippines is another country that boasts a large transgender population alongside stunning islands dotted around the country. All of these factors make it an attractive destination for sex tourists from all over the world.
Home to the popular resort city of Zanzibar, the African nation of Tanzania is a popular sex tourism destination and is home to an estimated 155,000 prostitutes. Despite being illegal, prostitution is the trade of choice for many Tanzanian women due to widespread poverty and unemployment.
Unfortunately, like many countries in Africa, Tanzania is also infamous for sex trafficking and a high HIV/AIDS rate. Both of these issues are widespread amongst the country’s prostitute population.
7. South Sudan
The war-torn country of South Sudan, where prostitution is legal but brothels and soliciting is not, is home to an estimated 210,000 prostitutes. After South Sudan gained independence from the largely Muslim North Sudan in 2011, large numbers of prostitutes from neighboring states began to enter the country.
The reason for this was the large population of NGO and UN staff residing in the country who were away from home and relatively wealthy, which made them prime clients for regional prostitutes. The presence of such foreign aid workers is a similar source for prostitution across the world.
6. Sierra Leone
Whilst pimping and soliciting is illegal, prostitution is legal and mostly tolerated in Sierra Leone and the country is home to an estimated 240,000 prostitutes. This high number can be attributed to the fallout of the decade long civil war that ravaged the country and forced many women to turn to prostitution in order to escape the country’s widespread poverty and unemployment.
Interestingly, amongst the locals of Sierra Leone, the prostitutes of Sierra Leone are known as ‘the snakes’ due to the hissing sound they make to attract potential Johns.
When it comes to prostitution, Mexico is arguably one of the most liberal countries in the world and home to an estimated 240,000 sex workers. Prostitution over the age of 18 and without pimps is legal. As a result, prostitution is widespread across Mexico
various cities in Mexico, like Tiajuana, are home to Red Light Areas known as ‘tolerance zones’ home to a large number of regulated sex workers and brothels. In the Mexican state of Chiapas, there is even a state-run brothel.
One of the most bizarre countries on the list is Pakistan. Despite being a highly religious, Islamic country, Pakistan is home to an estimated 230,000 prostitutes. However, the sex industry is both taboo and illegal and is a largely underground scene comprised of illegal, hidden brothels and discreet callgirls that circumvent the local laws.
In the more extreme religious areas, such as the tribal regions in the North of Pakistan, prostitution is punishable by death.
Like Pakistan, prostitution in Islamic Indonesia is illegal and considered a severe crime against morality. Despite this, it’s estimated to have an equal number of prostitutes to Pakistan numbering around 230,000.
Although illegal, the practice of prostitution is tolerated and in some regions such as Bali, it is even regulated. Indonesian prostitutes often meet their clients in clubs, bars, or online.
With one of the largest populations on earth, there is an estimated population of 660,000 prostitutes in India. Whilst prostitution is legal, soliciting in public, curb-crawling, brothels, and pimping are illegal.
Despite this, brothels exist in various cities across India as do pimps. Alongside native Indian prostitutes, the country is home to a huge number of foreign prostitutes from all over the world from neighboring countries like Bangladesh to Arab states and the former Soviet states like Russia and Ukraine.
1. The Democratic Republic of the Congo
At the top of the list is the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa which is home to an incredible estimated 2,900,000 prostitutes. Like other countries on this list, prostitution is legal but pimping and running a brothel is. Despite being legal, prostitutes in the DRC are often the victim of police harassment and brutality.
Due to the civil war that ravaged the DRC, subsequent poverty levels and unemployment are the main drives towards prostitution in the country. Like Sudan, the main clients are staff working for the UN and NGOs which usually take place in clubs and bars in the country’s capital. Local prostitutes are nicknamed “Londoners” as they dress like British girls on a night out in order to attract clients.
So there you have it, the top 10 countries with the most prostitution! This article is intended for educational purposes only. We don’t encourage you to visit any of the Top 10 countries with the most prostitutes as some are extremely dangerous.
Additionally, this is not a list of countries where prostitution is legal. In many, it is quite the opposite despite it being widespread. We subsequently don’t encourage you to break the law, stick to countries where prostitution is legal.