Drive or walk Independence Avenue at any hour day or night, and it’s easy to see why Kansas City was one of eight large metropolitan areas targeted for an Urban Institute study on the underground sex trade.
The report shows that the commercial sex economy in the cities generates from $40 million to nearly $300 million in 2007. The study followed in-depth interviews with 73 convicted pimps and traffickers, the McClatchy Washington Bureau reports.
Prostitutes hang out on select corners along Independence Avenue in Kansas City from early morning hours to late at night. They are working during the hottest days in the summer to the coldest, snow-filled days of even this winter.
Police patrols don’t seem to matter. The johns are there, and the business of sex trade transpires.
The same no doubt occurs in San Diego, Seattle-Tacoma, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Atlanta, Miami and Washington — the other cities in the study. The report isn’t just about what occurs on the street.
It includes “high end escort services.” It is lucrative.
“Pimps and traffickers interviewed for the study took home between $5,000 and $32,833 a week,” the report said. With the money that’s involved and the Internet in getting sex services, it will be a difficult underground industry for authorities to ever end.