Miami's Sex Trade: 13 Shocking Secrets From Inside the $235 Million Industry

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Did you know that pimps in Miami are competitive about their style of shoes but are more than willing to cooperate to avoid prosecution? Or that brothels here can often be a family business? Or that the overall sex trade income has declined since 2003?

The Urban Institute has released a landmark study of the underground commercial sex economy of eight American cities, including Miami. Researchers spoke to law enforcement officials, pimps, and sex workers to sketch out the dynamics of the sex trade in each city. Here are some surprising findings about Miami.

The overall economic impact of the sex trade has fallen.
Miami's sex trade was estimated to be a $302 million-a-year industry in 2003, but it fell to $235 million in 2007. Though the sex trade is still bigger than both the drug ($95.7 million) and gun trade ($118), Miami's sex trade has also shrunk below that of Atlanta's.

Pimps are making less money a week.
According to the study, a pimp in Miami would take in about $21,929 in cash each week before 2005, but post-2005 numbers show the average is down to $17,741. Pimps in Atlanta ($32,833 a week), Denver ($31,200), and Seattle ($18,000) make more.

Pimps in Miami are surprisingly friendly to one another.
Here's an interview with a local law enforcement officer:

They party together, go to the beach together, go to the club together, and have the girls outside when they go inside, have the girls come inside... I don't know if it's so much a network as a social network. It's a social network, but they definitely communicate, there's communication between all the pimps. But it's kind of contrary to the traditional belief of where a pimp is against another pimp and he's by himself. It's more of a wolf-pack mentality now where they all hang together. It's almost like if they're all making money, it's fine, but as long as we're making it... They're competitive, but they're more competitive about 'my ring is bigger than your ring, and my girl brought me this, and I didn't have to do anything for this, my clothes, my sneakers, is better than what you've got.' That's how they're competitive.


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Gay4Pay
Gay4Pay

tip of the iceberg...  From the strip club aka hookers who will make you holla for 300 dolla and the gay4pay hustlers from SoBe to Ft Lauderdale to  Wilton Manners...Calle Ocho to the Biscayne track...there's a lot of money traded for crack!

millenjethro
millenjethro

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theo333
theo333

even look at the advertisers in the back section of the New Times? You encourage it.

theo333
theo333

Does anyone in editorial

Frank Daddario
Frank Daddario

............................otherwise i think "shocking secret" is a bit overly dramatic but what is a basic fact is sex can be purchased because providers are selling it IF the truth be known it is that some providers are quite descreetly doing business on their own, without needing drugs, or protection (as in security), and they maintain a small book of regular business of patrons who are financially able to provide a very confortable lifestyle indeed mostly the women are college educated and self-sufficient and established and can charge a premium and have a very small following there is generally no costs associated with drugs and related abuse so that is a significant expense that is not incurred which in business terms provides a cost advantage which goes right to the bottom line profit = cha - ching ! since most street pimps have to provide their entire stable of providers with expensive drugs (and is typically the only magnet keeping their stable) it is the drug consumption costs that drastically reduces the profit to the pimp

Frank Daddario
Frank Daddario

...............basically pimps only have scanky homeless young druggies who provide their services to maintain their drug consumption, for their next high which they rely on the pimp to provide - otherwise providers no longer need pimps

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

S'ok, Washington DC has 10x as many whores and that's not even counting those in Congress :)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............................i think "shocking secret" is a bit overly dramatic but what is a basic fact is sex can be purchased because providers are selling it

IF the truth be known it is that some providers are quite descreetly doing business on their own,  without needing drugs,  or protection (as in security),  and they maintain a small book of regular business of patrons who are financially able to provide a very confortable lifestyle indeed

mostly the women are college educated and self-sufficient and established and can charge a premium and have a very small following

there is generally no costs associated with drugs and related abuse so that is a significant expense that is not incurred which in business terms provides a cost advantage which goes right to the bottom line profit = cha - ching !

since most street pimps have to provide their entire stable of providers with expensive drugs (and is typically the only magnet keeping their stable) it is the drug consumption costs that drastically reduces the profit to the pimp

John P Conley
John P Conley

There have never been many streetwalkers on the beach area. They were always pushed out quick by the local groups operating here. And you overlooked the hotel factor, the Delano used to be FULL of "escorts" looking for clients.

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

I worked in it for a decade. So glad I'm out. It's depressing to see old ladies trying to still work and young girls working just to buy more blues or crack. Nothing but shattered dreams in that industry. If anybody decides to use adorable escorts tell em Chris sent ya!

theo333
theo333

Have you noticed most of the ads in your paper? You encourage it.

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