List of countries by number of prostitutes

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Any figures for the number of prostitutes in a country is only ever an estimate. The numbers for a country can vary considerably dependent on the source. Some may suffer from poor methodology. In other case, the results may be influenced by the views (for or against prostitution) of the organisation producing the figures.. For consistency, the figures are taken from Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS 2016 Country Factsheets where available.

Numbers of prostitutes
Country Number of prostitutes Population[1] Prevalence
(prostitutes per
10,000 population)
Afghanistan 13,000[note 1] 34,656,032 4
Albania 5,000 - 30,000[2] 2,926,348 17 - 103
Algeria No data 40,606,052 -
Angola 33,000[note 2] 28,813,463 12
Antigua and Barbuda 755[note 3] 100,963 75
Argentina 75,000[note 4] 43,847,430 18
Armenia 5,600[note 5] 2,924,816 17
Australia 21,000[note 4] 24,125,848 9
Austria  30,000[3] 8,712,137 34
Azerbaijan 25,000[note 6] 9,725,376 26
Bahamas 3035[note 4] 391,232 78
Bahrain 13,500[4] 1,425,171 95
Bangladesh 140,000[note 7] 162,951,560 9
Belarus 22,000[note 8] 9,480,042 23
Belgium 10,479[5] 11,358,379 9
Benin 15,000[note 3] 10,872,298 14
Bhutan 400 - 500[6] 797,765 5 - 6
Bolivia 31,000[note 4] 10,887,882 29
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4,000[note 9] 3,516,816 11
Botswana 4,200[note 10] 2,250,260 19
Brazil 550,000[note 11] 207,652,865 26
Bulgaria 10,000[note 4] 7,131,494 14
Burkina Faso 31,000[note 3] 18,646,433 17
Burundi 51,000[note 4] 10,524,117 49
Cambodia 34,000[note 12] 15,762,370 22
Cameroon 110,000[note 13] 23,439,189 47
Canada No data 36,289,822 -
Cape Verde 1,400[note 14] 539,560 26
Central African Republic 782[note 15] 4,594,621 2
Chad 1200[note 4] 14,452,543 1
Chile No data 17,909,754 -
China 2,800,000 - 4,500,000[7] 1,403,500,365 14 - 32
Colombia 7,200[note 16] 48,653,419 2
Comoros 200[note 4] 795,601 3
Congo No data 5,125,821 -
Costa Rica 15,000[8] 4,857,274 31
Croatia 21,066 4,213,265 50[9]
Cuba 89,000[note 17] 11,475,982 78
Cyprus No data 1,170,125 -
Czech Republic 13,000[note 4] 10,610,947 12
Democratic Republic of the Congo 2,900,000[note 18] 78,736,153 368
Denmark 6,000[10] 5,711,870 11
Djibouti 2,900[note 4] 942,333 31
Dominican Republic 60,000 - 100,000[11] 10,648,791 56 - 94
East Timor 1,700[note 4] 1,268,671 13
Ecuador 34,000[note 19] 16,385,068 21
Egypt 23,000[note 20] 95,688,681 2
El Salvador 20,000[note 4] 6,344,722 32
Equatorial Guinea 5,800[note 4] 1,221,490 41
Eritrea 1,600[note 4] 4,954,645 3
Estonia 1,000[note 21] 1,312,442 7
Ethiopia 19,000[note 22] 102,403,196 2
Federated States of Micronesia 290[note 23] 104,937 29
Fiji 857[note 20] 898,760 10
Finland 4,000[10] 5,503,132 7
France  20,000-30,000[12] 64,720,690 3 - 5
Gabon 368[note 24] 1,979,786 2
Gambia 3,100[note 4] 2,038,501 15
Georgia 6,500[note 20] 3,925,405 17
Germany 300,000[10] 81,914,672 37
Ghana 52,000[note 4] 28,206,728 18
Greece 10,500 –15,000[10] 11,183,716 9 - 13
Guatemala 26,000[note 25] 16,582,469 16
Guinea 8,400[note 26] 12,395,924 7
Guinea-Bissau 3,100[note 4] 1,815,698 17
Guyana 5,300[note 5] 773,303 69
Haiti 70,000[note 27] 10,847,334 65
Honduras 23,000[note 28] 9,112,867 25
Hungary 20,000 - 25,000[13] 9,753,281 21 - 26
India 660,000[note 29] 1,324,171,354 5
Indonesia 230,000[note 30] 261,115,456 9
Iran 91,500[14] 80,277,428 11
Iraq No data 37,202,572 -
Ireland 1,000[note 31] 4,726,078 2
Israel 12,000[15] 8,191,828 15
Italy 60,000[10] 59,429,938 10
Ivory Coast 9,200[note 32] 23,695,919 4
Jamaica 19,000[note 20] 2,881,355 66
Japan No data 127,748,513 -
Jordan No data 9,455,802 -
Kazakhstan 19,000[note 4] 17,987,736 11
Kenya 130,000[note 33] 48,461,567 27
Kiribati 114[note 34] 114,395 10
Kuwait No data 4,052,584 -
Kyrgyzstan 7,100[note 4] 5,955,734 12
Laos 13,000[note 5] 6,758,353 19
Latvia 29,558 1,970,530 150[9]
Lebanon 4,200[note 4] 6,006,668 7
Lesotho 6,300[note 35] 2,203,821 29
Liberia 1,800[note 4] 4,613,823 2
Libya No data 6,293,253 -
Lithuania 1,000 – 3,000[16] 2,908,249 3 - 10
Luxembourg 300[10] 575,747 5
Macedonia 3,600[note 4] 2,081,206 17
Madagascar 170,000[note 36] 24,894,551 68
Malawi 9,300[note 4] 18,091,575 5
Malaysia 21,000[note 20] 31,187,265 7
Maldives 1,139[17] 427,756 27
Mali 36,000[note 37] 17,994,837 20
Marshall Islands 250[note 38] 53,066 47
Mauritania 315[note 39] 4,301,018 1
Mauritius 6,200[note 4] 1,262,132 49
Mexico 240,000[note 40] 127,540,423 19
Moldova 12,000[note 41] 4,059,608 30
Mongolia 1,300[note 42] 3,027,398 4
Morocco 75,000[note 5] 35,276,786 21
Mozambique 14,000[note 43] 28,829,476 5
Myanmar 66,000[note 13] 52,885,223 13
Namibia 8,100[note 44] 2,479,713 33
Nepal 67,000[note 5] 28,982,771 23
Netherlands 25,000[note 4] 16,987,330 15
New Zealand 5,932[18] 4,660,833 13
Nicaragua 18,000[note 4] 6,149,928 29
Niger 47,000[note 5] 20,672,987 23
Nigeria 100,000[note 45] 185,989,640 5
North Korea 25,000[19] 25,368,620 10
Norway 3,000[10] 5,254,694 6
Oman No data 4,424,762 -
Pakistan 230,000[note 46] 193,203,476 12
Palestine No data 4,790,705 -
Panama 5,200[note 47] 4,034,119 13
Papua New Guinea No data 8,084,991 -
Paraguay 3,400[note 20] 6,725,308 5
Peru 67,000[note 5] 31,773,839 21
Philippines 150,000[note 13] 103,320,222 15
Poland 19,000[8] 38,224,410 5
Portugal  28,000[20] 10,371,627 27
Qatar No data 2,569,804 -
Romania 15,8225 19,778,083 80[9]
Russia 1,000,000 - 3,000,000[21] 143,964,513 70 - 208
Rwanda 12,000[note 48] 11,917,508 10
Samoa 400[note 49] 195,125 21
São Tomé and Príncipe 89[note 50] 199,910 5
Saudi Arabia No data 32,275,687 -
Senegal 21,000[note 5] 15,411,614 14
Serbia 3,900[note 51] 8,820,083 4
Seychelles 586[note 52] 94,228 62
Sierra Leone 240,000[note 33] 7,396,190 325
Singapore No data 5,622,455 -
Slovakia  21,777 5,444,218 40[9]
Slovenia 29,090 2,077,862 140[9]
Somalia 11,000[note 53] 14,317,996 7
South Africa 24,000[note 54] 56,015,473 4
South Korea 500,000 - 1,000,000[22] 50,791,919 98 - 197
South Sudan 5,000[note 4] 12,230,730 4
Spain 70,000[note 55] 46,347,576 15
Sri Lanka 14,000[note 33] 20,798,492 7
Sudan 210,000[note 4] 39,578,828 53
Suriname 2,200[note 4] 558,368 39
Swaziland 4,000[note 56] 1,343,098 30
Sweden 2,500[10] 9,837,533 3
Switzerland 20,000[note 57] 8,401,739 24
Syria 25,000[note 4] 18,430,453 14
Taiwan 100,000[23] 23,556,706 43
Tajikistan 14,000[note 4] 8,734,951 16
Tanzania 160,000[note 4] 55,572,201 29
Thailand 150,000[note 58] 68,863,514 22
Togo 10,000[note 20] 7,606,374 13
Tonga 1,000[note 5] 107,122 93
Tunisia 25,000[note 59] 11,403,248 22
Turkey 100,000[24] 79,512,426 13
Turkmenistan 5,663 5,662,544 10[9]
Tuvalu 10[note 60] 11,097 9
Uganda No data 41,487,965 -
Ukraine 80,000[note 13] 44,438,625 18
United Arab Emirates 30,000[8] 9,269,612 32
United Kingdom 72,800[25] 65,788,574 11
United States  1,000,000[26] 322,179,605 31
Uruguay 8,200[note 5] 3,444,006 24
Uzbekistan 22,000[note 48] 31,446,795 7
Vanuatu 2,000[note 61] 270,402 74
Venezuela 473,523 31,568,179 150[9]
Vietnam 72,000[note 62] 94,569,072 7
Yemen 54,000[note 4] 27,584,213 20
Zambia 9,300[note 63] 16,591,390 6
Zimbabwe 12,383[27] 16,150,362 8

Notes on UNAIDS figures[edit]

  • Source: "Sex Workers: Size Estimates". UNAIDS. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  1. 2015 extrapolation from 2012 IBBS
  2. Source: PLACE Survey 2013; Luanda
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Source: GAM 2016; 2014 est.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 Source not started
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Source: GAM 2016
  6. Source: GAM 2016; 2011 est.
  7. Source: GAM 2016; 2015 est.
  8. Source: GAM 2016; 2016 est.
  9. Source: GAM 2016; 2012 est.
  10. Source: GAM 2016; 2012 est.; Gaborone Francistown and Kasane,
  11. Source: Household survey 2013
  12. Source: Programme data 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Year of estimation: 2015
  14. Coverage: Praia; Mindelo Santa Cruz, Assomada, Sal
  15. Source: Enquête séro-comportementale auprès des professionnelles de sexe
  16. Coverage: Bogotá Medellín, Barranquilla, Cali, Bucaramanga
  17. Source: Encuesta de Indicadores de Prevención del vih/sida 2015
  18. Coverage: Kinshasa Nord-Kivu, Sud-kivu, Bas-Congo, Katanga et Province Orientale
  19. Coverage: Guayas Pichincha, Esmeraldas, El Oro, Santo Domingo, Manabí, Loja, Morona Santiago, Imbabura, Sucumbíos, Chimborazo
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 Year of estimation: 2014
  21. Year of estimation: 2016; Tallinn
  22. Coverage: For all major cities in the country in all regions
  23. Source: Karen McMillan Rachel Nicholls, Patrick Rawstorne, Michelle O'Connor, Heather Worth, Scott McGill. Pacific Multi-Country Mapping and Behavioural Study: HIV and STI Risk Vulnerability among Key Populations, The Federated States of Micronesia, 2016
  24. Source: Enquête Fonds Mondial: étude cartographique chez les PS dans 5 régions du Gabon
  25. Year of estimation: 2010; Quetzaltenango Mazatenango, Escuintla, Guatemala, Coban
  26. Source: 2012: Enquête de surveillance comportementale et biologique auprès des groupes à risque de l'infection par le VIH)#
  27. Coverage: Ouest/Sud/Artibonite/Nord/Nord-Est
  28. Year of Estimation: 2016; 10 ciudades de Honduras
  29. Source: Programme data 2016
  30. Source: HIV key population size estimation 2016
  31. Source: Kelleher P et al. Globalisation Sex Trafficking and Prostitution: The Experiences of Migrant Women in Ireland. Immigrant Council of Ireland, 2009
  32. Source: GAM 2016; 2014 est. ; Ville d'Abidjan
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Year of estimation: 2013
  34. Year of estimation: 2016; capital city
  35. Coverage: Maseru Leribe
  36. Year of estimation: 2014; 37 villes des 22 Régions de Madagascar
  37. Year of estimation: 2015; Mali (excluant 3 régions du nord : Tombouctou Gao et Kidal)
  38. Year of Estimation: 2016; Majuro Atoll Only
  39. Year of estimation: 2014;Nouakchott Nouadhibou et Rosso
  40. Year of estimation: 2016; Número de sitios : 32
  41. Source: Based on Integrated Bio-Behavioural Study (IBBS) done in the Republic of Moldova in 2012 among SWs
  42. Year of estimation: 2016; Ulaanbaatar
  43. Year of estimation: 2012; Maputo Beira and Nampula
  44. Female sex workers; Year of estimation: 2014 in four cities
  45. Souce: Study on characterization of MARPS Typology in Seven Nigeria states and FCT conducted by Society for family health Nigeria 2015
  46. Source: 2016 Key Population Size Estimation
  47. Source: Informe
  48. 48.0 48.1 Year of estimation: 2012
  49. Apia Urban Area; Source: UNDP and UNSW Pacific Multi-country Behavioural Mapping Study 2016
  50. Coverage: For the capital city
  51. Year of estimation: 2011
  52. Year of estimation: 2015
  53. Year of estimation: 2016; Mogadishu Hargeisa, Bosasso
  54. Coverage: Johannesburg Cape Town and Durban
  55. Source: Basada en resultados de la Encuesta Nacional de Salud Sexual realizada en España en 2009
  56. Year of estimation: 2015; Mbabane/Manzini Corridor Lavumisa, Piggs Peak and Nhlangano
  57. Source: GAM 2016; 2007 est.
  58. Source: The annual survey of sex establishment and workers from Bureau of AIDS TB and STIs (BATS) ; Survey of sex workers in Bangkok from three sources and different methods to calculate the parameter of underestimation, 2015
  59. Year of estimation: 2011; 5 sites
  60. Source: Pacific Multi-Country Mapping and Behavioural Study: HIV and STI Risk Vulnerability among Key Populations Tuvalu 2016
  61. Year of estimation: 2016; South Pacific Region
  62. Source: Ministry of Labor Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), 2013
  63. Year of estimation: 2015; Lusaka

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