Number of Sex Workers in Switzerland

The legal prostitution industry in Switzerland has 14,000 officially registered sex workers in the country, with 800 located in Geneva. In Zurich, there are a reported 11 prostitutes per 1,000 residents.

In 2011, the annual revenue  of the sex trade in Switzerland was $4.4 Billion.

As the prostitutes are unionized, the official minimum rate that a prostitute can charge a client is $100.

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One in Five men between the ages of 20 to 65 in Switzerland has visited a prostitute at least once in their lives.

Source:  Helena Bachmann, “Facing Crackdowns in the E.U., Hookers Find Sanctuary in Switzerland,”  Time, October 9, 2012.

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