That erudite commentator on business and economics and Cappo di Tutti Cappi, Tony Soprano once said to one of his sidekicks, “In any recession which businesses are least affected? Prostitution, gambling and organised crime.”
Our political leaders, in Britain, Europe and the USA may be telling us the recession is over and recovery is surging ahead but this impression is largely created by increasing sovereign debt and fraudulent manipulation of statistics. In fact Boggart blog recently reported that politicians have been trying to claim prostitution, drug peddling and other illegal activities are driving economic growth.
Entrepreneurs working to boost GDP (source)
The Economist however has come up with a piece of evidence based on Sopranonomics which proves this recession .now a depression) is the longest and deepest ever. And prostitution is being hit hard.
“…the internet is making the buying and selling of sex easier and safer (from what we have been told). But it’s not all Pretty Woman… not only is the oldest profession in the world seeing prices going down (the dreaded deflation) as the shift online has boosted supply by drawing more locals into the trade; but as the following four charts show, rates vary dramatically by ‘services’, ethnicity, geography, build, and bust size.
Prices going down rather than heads. That’s got to be bad news for working girls. The Economist even gave us a nice infographic showing that in an industry where earnings are based not only on range and quality of services offered, but on looks, legs, breast size, ethnicity, hair style and colour and dress sense (or lack of), earning are dropping faster while knickers are dropping less often.
Clearly then, deflation is hitting the working girls as well as their satisfied customers.
Here’s that link again, it’s actually quite interesting reading and tells us a lot about the state of society.
Sleeping With Conservatives
Could You Hug A Tory asks a feature in The Guardian some time ago. Several typical Guardian writers describe their feelings of fear and loathing when, purely in the interests of science of course, they hugged prominent members of the Conservative Party. Me? Sex is non political.
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