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Mon, 24 Sep 2007

Foreign prostitutes: the facts

According to some terribly earnest do-gooder on the TV (I apologise - I wouldn't normally watch, but the local PropagandaNews was on just before the rugby), "ten years ago one in four prostitutes was a foreigner, now it's the other way round". That is, she's claiming that one in four foreigners is a prostitute. Given that London (I assume she means in London!) has over two million foreigners living in it, that comes to over half a million hookers.

It was on the telly so it must be true.

My copy of the A-Z has 120 pages of indexes, with approx 500 streets per page. That's 60,000 streets, or roughly ten hookers per street. Assuming they each work 40 hours a week, there should be, on average, 2.3 hookers on every street at any time.

This is, of course, a Good Thing, as it means that there's Competition, which will drive prices down and quality up.

Posted at 21:20 by David Cantrell
keywords: london | media | politics
Permalink | 2 Comments

Maybe she means that one in four punters is a foreigner.

Given that one in three Londoners is a foreigner, this would imply on average being a foreigner would make you statistically less likely to partake in the prostitutes services.

Posted by Mark Fowler on Tue, 25 Sep 2007 at 09:25:26

Of course you know this, but she must have meant the proportions were the other way around; that is, three out of every four prostitutes is from abroad. That seems more reasonable, though I will admit that your interpretation is more fun.

Posted by dr rick on Sat, 13 Oct 2007 at 19:55:40

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