Yet the quality of the girls keeps getting better, and the services they dispense get bolder all the time." According to a 1981 survey, younger prostitutes remained in the trade for three to four years; another small survey of sex workers in the Senzoku-Yoshiwara area in 1988 showed the average age was 26 and careers lasting about sixteen months.
In the 1986 survey conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office, nearly 10 percent were housewives, another 10 percent office employees, and 4 percent students. and Tsuguo Shimazaki Encyclopedia of Sexuality, 1997 hu-berlin.de/sexology ] In the Edo Period (1603-1867), fashion trends were often set by prostitutes and courtesans.
Lucky ones found a client who fancied them and put up the money to win their early release.
If a prostitute was sick and lost her customers she could be thrown out on the streets.
According to one estimate about seven percent of all the women between 20 and 24 work in the pink business. One average a sex industry business employs five times the number of people in a year that is found working there on a single day.