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Does sex work really contribute £5.3bn to UK GDP?

That's the figure the Office of National Statistics (ONS) came up with when asked by the EU to estimate how much prostitution contributes to the UK's GDP. A more intellectually honest statistician's answer might have been "Sorry guys, but we haven't a clue." Fair play to them for having a go, but if you look at the detail behind the ONS numbers it is clear they are based on some fundamental misunderstandings of how prostitution in the UK actually works, and some very iffy assumptions.

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