No comprehensive figure is available, but based on informal reporting through her own networks, Kinnell suggests that 134 sex workers, including a small number of transsexuals, are known or believed to have been killed since 1990.
And there are thought to be about 80,000 in the trade.
Total adult population is something like 50 million (close enough for this sort of thing) and annual murder rate is about 800 isn\’t it?
So we\’ve 16,000 murders over that same 20 year period.
320 murders per million over a 20 year times span. That gives us 1.6 per 100,000 per year which isn\’t far off the 1.7 actually recorded. Hurrah, Timmy can remember rough magnitudes of the murder rate!
If we\’ve 134 murders of sex workers over 20 years and a population of 80,000, so, multiply by 1.25 and divide by 20 to give us the annual rate per 100,000…..8.4 per hundred thousand. That makes sex work about as dangerous (looking solely at the murder rate) as Lithuania. Indeed, a girl coming in from Russia or Brazil (both not unusual sources) is lowering her chance of being murdered by moving from the general population in those countries to the sex trade in the UK.
I\’ve been looking for tables of the annual death rate for other occupations (trawlermen, forestry workers etc) and cannot seem to find them. If anyone knows where they are so we can compare them then do let us all know. I can find PMRs but that\’s not the same thing at all, or at least we can\’t directly compare them to the rate per 100,000 per year.
BTW, this isn\’t to try and say that the life of a prostitute is worth less, nor to say that they deserved it or anything. Just, rather, to try and put these reported rates into some sort of proportion. Four to five times the rate in the general population, lower than the rate in many other countries.
And no, of course, comparing the murder rate with the crude death rate of other occupations isn\’t right either (for there are many other things one might die of that are occupationally related than murder) but again, it would be interesting to see what the death rate, by, say, accident, is for those known to be high risk male occupations like deep sea fishing, fireman, etc. Anyone got them?
A 2009 study by the School of Medicine at Swansea University claimed commercial fishing is Britain\’s most hazardous occupation. The study reported a fatal accident rate of 102 per 100,000 fishermen, which is more than 100 times riskier than the average British worker. By comparison the next most hazardous rate was for dockers at 28 per 100,000, with roofers and scaffolders at about 12 per 100,000.
Prostitution, over ten times safer than commercial fishing, three times safer than being a docker and safer even than roofing or scaffolding.
But then as the late, great Douglas Adams pointed out, the one thing a human being cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.