LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — In 2007, D.C.’s sex industry was worth about as much as its drug industry and both were valued at $103 million, according to an Urban Institute study released March 12.

The study also examined Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Miami, San Diego and Seattle, and details the economics behind prostitution in each city. Researchers interviewed pimps, prostitutes, police, the Office of the United States Attorney and a DC-based anti-human trafficking nonprofit.

They found that D.C.’s sex economy is primarily comprised of online and street prostitution, erotic Asian massage parlors and Latino brothels.

Because of the city’s location along major highways (I-95, I-66, I-270) and its proximity to Baltimore, the nation’s capital is also a significant part of East Coast sex trafficking circuits.

Online & Street Prostitution

According to the study, D.C.’s street prostitutes charge between $20 and $150 for a sex act, while internet prostitutes charge around $60…

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