Deflation Hits Oldest Profession In The World: Hookers By The Numbers

Tyler Durden's picture

As The Economist finds, the internet is making the buying and selling of sex easier and safer (from what we have been told). But it's not all Pretty Woman... not only is the oldest profession in the world seeing prices going down (the dreaded deflation) as the shift online has boosted supply by drawing more locals into the trade; but as the following four charts show, rates vary dramatically by 'services', ethnicity, geography, build, and bust size.


Prostitution by the numbers... (Via The Economist)

The most striking trend our analysis reveals is a drop in the average hourly rate of a prostitute in recent years.


Our analysis shows how a prostitute’s hourly rate varies according to the nature of the services she provides and her reported physical characteristics. As in other bits of the economy, clients who seek niche services must pay more. Sex workers who offer anal sex or spanking earn on average $25 or $50 more per hour, respectively (see chart 2). Those who will accept two male clients at once or do threesomes with another woman command a larger premium.



Appearance matters a great deal. The customers who reported encounters to the website we analysed clearly value the stereotypical features of Western beauty: women they describe as slim but not scrawny, or as having long blonde hair or full breasts, can charge the highest hourly rates (see chart 3). Hair that is bleached too unconvincingly to be described as blonde attracts a lower premium, but is still more marketable than any other colour. For those not naturally well endowed, breast implants may make economic sense: going from flat-chested to a D-cup increases hourly rates by approximately $40, meaning that at a typical price of $3,700, surgery could pay for itself after around 90 hours. The 12% share of women featured on the site who are described both as athletic, slim or thin, and as being at least a D-cup, suggests that quite a few have already taken this route.



A prostitute’s rates also vary according to her ethnicity and nationality. What attracts a premium in one place can attract a penalty in another. According to our analysis, in four big American cities and London, black women earn less than white ones (see chart 4).



We had too few data from other cities for a reliable breakdown by ethnicity. But Christine Chin of the American University in Washington, DC, has studied high-end transnational prostitutes in several countries. In Kuala Lumpur, she found, black women command very high rates and in Singapore, Vietnamese ones do. In Dubai, European women earn the most. What counts as exotic and therefore desirable varies from place to place, and depends on many factors, such as population flows.



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So do the patriotic thing... because everyone knows deflation is a killer...

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Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

Moar services fo my mullah: bbbj, hj, fs etc...

ACP's picture

What a quandary for the they print more blowjobs?

knukles's picture

Price falls as more people revert to prostitution to stay alive as global economic employment opportunities rot

knukles's picture

Wonder what a Hadj job costs?

fervent in spirit's picture

This "oldest profession" bit has to be challenged.

Farming is the oldest profession.

kaiserhoff's picture

I would say bopping Grog on the head to take Grog's drum stick,

   but maybe that's just my family.

fervent in spirit's picture

Which ones were your family? The ones doing the bopping or Grog? ;-)

remain calm's picture

My name is Pancho. I work in a Rancho. Make five pesos a day. I go see Lucy. She gives me Pussy. And takess my Five pesos away


knukles's picture

Paying a prostitute to kiss?
Somebody needs some serious professiional help.

Rusty Shorts's picture

The rash is healing up nicely, thank you.

Latina Lover's picture

American whores overcharge, are ugly, and under deliver.    In Costa Rica, I can find honeys who will do anything you want with a smile for a small fraction of what it costs to hire an NYC scuzbag.

gh0atrider's picture

Full services with my gh0at... only 0.100 BTC/hr.


gh0atrider's picture



666's picture

" women earn less than white ones."

Will Sharpon and Co. cry racism over this and demand equal rights and prices? It's just simple economics: The Law of Supply and Demand.

Elvis the Pelvis's picture

Deflation.  Learn it, live it, love it.  Soon, even the whores won't be taking gold.  Paper is king.  Bitchez.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

Everyone stop joking. If this article is true I may have to drop $20 off the price of my hairy ass

Manthong's picture

The best hooker is an ugly old one.. that way you don’t feel so bad paying a low price for sex.

..but then again chastity is gaining strength as a virtue in the Ebolobama-nation.

Davalicious's picture

American citizens should demand $20 more per hour on the basis that they swallow everything the government shoots at them. Actually, make that +$40 because they are all getting spanked.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Male porn stars earn less than females. Where is the income equality?

zhandax's picture

An inch in is worth more than an inch out?   There goes all the pill sales.  Thanks for destroying GDP this quarter!

Eirik Magnus Larssen's picture

Actually, it very much is about racism. When the media constantly places one type of woman on a pedestal at the expense of others, the effects of such indoctrination will steadily accumulate in people's psychology. It's well worth recalling that in the early years of Hollyweird, all the major female sex symbols were dark-haired beauties, and not a single man was complaining about this.

It wasn't until Marilyn Monroe (herself a voluptuous brunette who bleached herself on the "advice" of her producers) that this strange fetish for blond women started to become mainstream in the Western media. It has been maintained at the expense of colored women in particular ever since, in a manner which historically is very consistent with White Supremacist policies.

This begs the question: What is it about colored women that makes white females feel so intimidated that the media has begun to cater to this insecurity by placing colored women under a regime of constant psychological repression? Indeed, from wigs to hair extensions to bleaching to skin-lightening creams, the message the media relentlessly sends out to women of color is: "If you don't look white, you don't look right."

When it comes to racism, especially of the institutionalized kind, experience has taught me never to believe in coindence. People only try to keep something down if it makes them feel very insecure about themselves.

Skateboarder's picture

Very much appreciate your post, EML Whenever you see the teevee in regards to blonde women, there is some hidden agenda going on there. Not so much with white brunettes and non-whites (usually with dark hair) in the same sense, but definitely still agenda-ized in some other sense.

Manthong's picture

ugly old whores sometimes earn the most.

just look at the political news.

my_nym's picture



THROUGHOUT history people have been in awe of blonde hair. In Medieval Europe, for example, men were intoxicated with its sexual allure and supposed supernatural powers. In Thirties Germany, on the other hand, the blond Nazi stormtrooper became a symbol of Aryan superiority. Blondness was projected as the epitome of male beauty even as, paradoxically, it became associated with some of the most grotesque, racially motivated barbarism ever perpetrated......

[Blonde] has become a blazing signal in code, part of a value system laden with moral, social and historical connotations that has rooted itself in the human subconscious of the West and increasingly across the rest of the world.

Its story begins in Ancient Greece [Wrong.] where Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility, had golden-blonde hair of such legendary sexual potency that she inspired ambitious imitations among the dark-haired courtesans of the country. She set the tone for a certain type of blonde who has stirred the fantasies of men and fed the aspirations of women ever since.

But the history of the blonde is not as simple as that. Its bounty is inexhaustible.  Every age has restyled blonde hair in its own image and with its own preoccupations. Blondeness became a prejudice in the Dark Ages, an obsession in the Renaissance, a mystique in Elizabethan England, a mythical fear in the 19th century, an ideology in the Thirties, a sexual invitation in the Fifties and a doctrine of faith by the end of the 20th century. Its distinctive imagery of youth, vitality and wealth, built up over thousands of years, has woven itself into the most popular materials of the imagination.

....In every popular forum of our age - film, television, fashion, pop music, politics - many of the most powerful players are blonde. But there is something strange about all these blondes. Very few are genuine. Only one in 20 white American adults is naturally blonde, and roughly the same ratio applies to white northern Europeans. But you would never think it, walking down a crowded street in the urban West. Here, virtually one in three white adult female heads is dyed a shade of blonde, be it honey, platinum, ash or any other colour from our rich lexicon of blonde shades. To achieve it, women have gone to extraordinary lengths. In Ancient Rome, the most ruthless beauties used pigeon dung; in Renaissance Venice they resorted to horse urine. Today, women spend hundreds of pounds sitting for hours in hairdressing salons having their hair lightened.

WHY DO we do it? A key reason is youth. At its most basic people associate blonde hair with youth. The rationale is perfectly logical: babies tend to have paler and more delicate hair and skin than their parents. Some children retain the blondeness of their infancy but most lose it once puberty sets in. To emphasise the equation with youth, women find that after their first pregnancy their hair and skin darken permanently. The result is that the paler the hair and skin, the younger a person appears. Blonde hair in women might originally have evolved, along with other childish traits such as a high-pitched voice and fine body hair, as part of a package of sexual attraction, an evolutionary adaptation for attracting a mate.

Just as adults find babies attractive, men were attracted to women with such signs of youth. Blonde hair, although not intrinsically more beautiful than dark, became associated, through these long evolved mechanisms in the male brain,with youthful fertility - a kind of visual certificate of reproductive success.

(Sunday Express
February 23, 2003


Even that analysis and evolutionary myth making is kind of silly.  People have generally created archetypes of blond/light being fair and good as opposed to darkness being sinister since the beginning of recorded history.  Mainly because you can't see at night and people are scared of the dark. 


But enjoy your modern myth making and other mythologies. 

Eirik Magnus Larssen's picture

White supremacist nutjobs amuse me.

Far-right ideology has consistently been found to have no basis in biology. Indeed, the article you've quoted to me is a tragic example of the delusional nature of white supremacy -- social scientists have observed that white males have higher rates of exogamy than white females do. A real-life example is the disproportionate ratio between white male/Asian female and Asian male/white female marriages that the United States Census Bureau seems to register annually. Neither white nor Asian males seem to display a preference for white women in these statistics.

As a Norwegian man who has married a minority woman himself, none of this is a great mystery to me.

It might be a bit of a challenge for a narcissistic sociopath of Joanna Pitman's caliber to cast women of her own appearance as God's gift to men at the expense of women like my wife, when we white males are marrying with colored women in ever increasing numbers in today's world. Marry, as in, choosing these women as our life partners to reproduce with. One of the advantages this has for the collective human gene pool is that there will be less inbreeding, and therefore less mentally impaired people like yourself or miss Pitman wandering about.

And that's a positive development indeed.

Socratic Dog's picture

What is it about black women that intimidates white women?  They LIKE TO FUCK, for starters.  Asian women, too.  Who'd bother with a frigid white bitch?

stacking12321's picture

hey gh0atrider!

why you so full of yourself?

maybe not everyone likes to do it with ghoats. real (scots)men prefer sheep, for example.

speaking of goats, have you seen the new

they got sued by the christmas island (.cx) domain administrar and can't have their main page up any more, so they replaced it with a video of their lawyer and his crappy DOGECOIN-related message.

fucking dogecoin!

robertocarlos's picture

The old goatse page was better.

goldflows's picture

Me fucking you in the ass and taking all your whore bitcons.

Hope your a bitch 

mt paul's picture




it's his goat

giving him all the down arrows...

MsCreant's picture

You want our junk and you know it. The real tease would be to ignore you.

Never One Roach's picture

Where the chart showing the pay differentail for 'HIV -Free" ... "Ebola-free"..."Hepatitis-free".... and so on.....and opposed to the ones who are infected.

I bet the diff is steep.

Slave's picture

Is your gh0at shaved? Btw...I knew you fucked it.

Implied Violins's picture

Bitcoin land: where the men are men, the women are men, and the sheep run scared...

Dick Gazinia's picture

No.  The sheep are lying little bitches.

shouldvekilledthem's picture

Don't overreact. BTC is too complicated for these rednecks.

And they wonder why their world is fucked. Those pesky politicians and bankers steal their jobs and money. They are not stupid and conditioned to make this possible...definitely not...Pure comedy gold.

booboo's picture

Surfer friend in the 80's got laid by a nice Costa Rican hooker for 1 large can of Chef Boyardee Beefaroni. I think this is where it's heading, no pun  intended. so you single guys, stock up.

Keyser's picture

Ah, the good old days.. It ain't like that anymore...

ebear's picture

Lotta sex changes in Costa Rica.

just sayin'

Bananamerican's picture

If you gotta pay for it you're seriously fucked up...
If you've gotta sell it, same thing....

My WWII dad bragged to me how he paid for prostitutes a few times...
I always thought he was a dick for it....

Acquire some empathy...acquire some Cool....masterbate in the interim. Be patient for Christ sake.

Don't "use" people at their most vulnerable or enable their, or your own, degradation.
Develop some goddamn personal charm! Lol

Freddie's picture


Great post.

I totally agree.  It is like stealing someone's soul.  Same with women in porn.   I am not being a prude - more of a humanist.

MsCreant's picture

Nice to know you men exist. As things are now, I agree. 

I am getting ready to argue for something a little shocking. I think there is a way prostitution could be done right but this culture is not ready for it. If I were running such a business, I would have the women trained in some things that looked like nursing and psychology. They would get regular counseling. They would be healers. The idea would be that you give this kind of love, acceptance, and intimacy for a while, until the client gains some health and may not need the service any more. Or need it less and have better adjusted lives.

I think if you have two healthy adults with equal power making the exchange, it can work and not be exploitation. I also think the man or woman in the client role can go into it, power down, with the understanding that there are ethics and standards that must be adhered to that protect them. It would be a real profession. What I describe is not possible in this culture for so many reasons. I support someone's right to make this adult decision, I do not think it should be illegal, but I do think it could be rethought and done as something very positive. 

We are hurt ashamed children about sex, unfortunately.

Keyser's picture

"We are hurt ashamed children about sex, unfortunately."

Your judeo-christian upbringing is showing... Based on fear, guilt and repentance...  Which is why I prefer buddhist cultures as they don't have such hangups...