What makes the price of sex in one country cheaper than another? There are almost too many variables to mention. The average income of a country doesn’t always relate to the average price of sex which is something that has come up in the comments here before.
There are some poor countries where sex workers charge a lot of money and in some of the richest countries in the world sex goes for a lot less. For example you can easily find a woman to bang in a legal brothel in Germany for 50 Euros. That’s more than 56 US dollars. Yet in clubs in Myanmar women routinely ask for 80 dollars or more just for a quicky. The average annual income in Germany is around 31,000 US dollars. Most sources say the average annual income in Myanmar is just $200 to $400 US.
There are usually different levels of sex on sale. Prices vary with service. Sometimes it is understandable. A high class independent escort typically charges a lot more than a street walker for example. Sometimes it isn’t as easy to untangle. One brothel in a European country may charge as much as five times what another asks. Yet both may look pretty much the same. The market plays a role as do notions of value but things can go deeper than all that.
Some types of sex considered low end can be found for low prices all around. From what I hear it is still possible to get a blowjob from some streetwalkers in the United States for 20 bucks. I’ve come across women asking less than that. Street walkers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia normally go with customers for five dollars and sometimes even less than that. Women in some of the bottom brothels there and in Thailand charge only a little more. Sex is sold for less than 15 US dollars at many clubs in Managua and prices are only a little higher at similar places in the Dominican Republic.
Venezuela has been in the news for years though recently there has been more and more mention of the inflation there which apparently is the highest in the world. If my figures are correct, Venezuela may now be the cheapest place in the entire world to purchase the services of a sex worker. That’s pretty astounding as it is on many lists of countries with the most beautiful women on the earth.
According to the official exchange rate set by the government one US dollar buys 6.35 Venezuelan Bolivars. But as anyone on the ground knows the official exchange rate doesn’t mean much in the real world. The black market rate used by most people in daily life is currently 791.55 bolivars to the dollar. This recently published article puts the immense purchasing power foreigner currency like the dollar and Euro have in Venezuela at the moment into perspective.
There are numerous “estudios” around Venezuela, especially in the capital city Caracas. This online directory lists many of them and gives information such as hours, addresses and prices. Browsing around you see that a 30 minute session with a Venezolana usually goes for around 1,100 bolivars. That’s $1.38 US. A guy I know who just passed through tells me this is actually accurate. He did say that the pictures are photoshopped but that’s obvious to anyone with two working eyes. Apparently there is also a lot of upselling for extra services and anyone who can’t speak Spanish will be seen as a target carrying valuable USD by many. But even with all that just over a dollar sure isn’t much to pay even in a country where it costs less than a buck to fill your car up with gas.
These prices may sound crazy but when you put them in perspective things start to make sense. Two days ago, the president of Venezuela announced a 30 percent increase in the minimum wage. In a move meant to help ease the impact of rampant inflation the country will raise the lowest legal monthly income to 9,649 bolivars. According to the official exchange rate that would be 1520 US dollars. But going by the more widespread black market rate it amounts to just $13 US. So a working woman would have to do nine quick sessions to make the same monthly income as a minimum wage worker. A full time minimum wage worker in the US makes around 1,160 dollars a month. A woman doing nine quick sessions there then would have to charge around 129 dollar each time to make that kind of income, which is actually more than many ask for. So the figures do work out.
Apparently it is more common for the few foreigners who still visit Venezuela to find women working in some of the safer hotels and arranging things online for no more than 20,000 bolivars or around 25 US dollars. That’s cheap but not the cheapest by any means. I don’t think foreigners are forbidden from any place in Venezuela but I’m sure many are too scared to visit plenty areas in Caracas if not the entire city.
One good thing is that even with everything that’s going on in Venezuela the internet is still working. You can easily jump on Latin American Cupid from inside the safety of your hotel or even while you’re outside of Venezuela. It’s really easy to make connections on the site and there are all kinds of girls with profiles there. A lot of them speak English too. In these conditions, I’m sure a lot of them are looking for a lifeline out of the country or even someone local they can hit up for a few bucks. Guys with foreign currency might not have the world in the palm of their hand, but it wouldn’t be hard for their hands to palm some juicy Venezuelan booty as round as the world either!
Of course I could be wrong about all of this. I’m no mathematician or economist and I haven’t even been to to the country in years. I’d be happy to be corrected in the comments.