The provision of sexual services for profit has become a major illicit industry in the hidden economy of Kentucky. Prostitution on the streets, in massage parlors, through escort services, and in bars and strip clubs is common throughout much of the Commonwealth. The evidence shows that criminal organizations ranging from individual entrepreneurships, to small crime networks, to international sex trafficking organizations are active in the provision of illicit sexual services in Kentucky. Thousands of women are employed as sex workers, over one million illicit sexual transactions occur annually, and criminal organizations rake in a minimum of $100,000,000 a year in revenues from the illicit side of the sex industry.
Potter, G. W. (2005, May). Prostitution and the Sex Industry in Kentucky. Kentucky Justice & Safety Research Bulletin, 7(1), 20.