Kept waiting: A higher unemployment rate has caused revenue to fall over the past five years

IBISWorld’s Brothel Keeping and Sex Worker Services market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2011 - 2016
Annual Growth
2016 - 2021

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Although sexual services have historically proven resistant to economic slowdowns, the Brothel Keeping and Sex Worker Services industry has performed poorly in the past five years. Many sex workers have loyal clients that abandon other discretionary spending before reducing their spending on sexual services. However, as national unemployment has increased over most of the past five years, industry revenue has declined. Reduced demand has contributed to industry revenue falling at an estimated 2.0% annualised over the five years through 2015-16. The industry’s heavily regulated nature, combined with increasing external competition over the period, has pushed demand and revenue lower...

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Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

State regulation determines the industry's services, which include brothel sexual services, escort services, massage services and legal street work.

Brothel sexual services

Brothel sexual services make up the largest service segment, at an estimated 35.1% of industry revenue in 2015-16. These services have declined as a proportion of industry revenue over the past five years due to cheaper services offered by unlicensed brothels, and the lack of discretion compared with other types of services. Some brothels take a proportion of a sex worker's earnings, while payment may also be made directly to the brothel. Whi..

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Industry Products

What is the Brothel Keeping and Sex Worker Services Industry?

The industry comprises companies that mainly operate brothels, and provide escort and sex worker services. The report analyses brothel activity and legal transactions for actual sexual services. The industry does not include stripping, erotic dancing, adult internet services (such as dating or pornography), telephone sex chat lines, making and retailing adult video entertainment, or manufacturing and retailing sexual aids.

Industry Products
Brothel sexual services
Escort services
Other sexual services
Hospitality and entertainment services
Industry Activities
Brothel operation
Sexual services
Escort services
Erotic massage services

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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