Number of Prostitutes in South Korea

According to a survey by the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family, there are 147,000 women working as prostitutes in South Korea. These women work at 44,804 establishments that have been identified as providing sex services.

Women’s rights group in South Korea state that the number is far too low and does not adequately count the number of women in the sex trade.

(Number of prostitutes by country.)

Source:  Jennifer Chang, “South Korea’s runaway teen prostitution,” Al Jazeera, November 12, 2012.

Note: In a previous post, Havocscope listed the number of prostitutes in South Korea as 1.2 Million. That figure was taken from the same article listed above. However, Al Jazerra pulled the figure from its article.

The original article was posted on November 7, 2012. It can still be accessed here. In that original version was this quote: “An estimated 1.2 million women are believed involved in the business – or about 20 per cent of all South Korean women aged 15-29.  ”

On November 12, 2012, the publisher of that story, Al Jazeera, removed the statistic from the story. In an updated version, Al Jazeera stated “these NGO figures are not supported by any official data and are impossible to verify. We have removed those statistics as we believe they are not reliable.”

Havocscope has thus updated this post based on an email informing us of the change.

Updated: October 26, 2013.