There are 2,353 people involved in prostitution in Belarus, roughly 1,082 of them are in Minsk, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reports.
Illegal but commonplace?
In the first half of the year, a total of 607 persons were charged with administrative offences for prostitution.
The largest number were prosecuted in Minsk – 256, in the Gomel region – 93 and Vitebsk – 81. Administrative arrest accounted for every fourth case and was used 131 times.
According to the latest data, streetwalkers receive $50-80 per hour on avearge. The lower limit for sexual intercourse is $10, the upper one is about $90 per hour.
On-call prostitutes estimate their services at $80-100 per hour. Minimum price is $40, maximum is about $150. The so-called elite prostitutes estimate an hour-long meeting with a client at 300-500 dollars.
All-night service that usually includes looking for clients in nightclubs, going to a recreation center or escort with sexual favours can be up to $500-1,500.
The ministry notes the increase of the number of sex workers on the internet, more than 20% of the total.
Whereas in previous years people engaged in prostitution concentrated on highways and city streets and made up to 70%, in hotels it was about 20%, in newspapers and on the internet – 10%.
Student prostitution is also on the rise. Only in Minsk, up to 15% of the identified prostitutes are students of higher educational institutions.
“In general, the ongoing preventive measures allows to minimize the prevalence of prostitution in our country,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs reports.
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