US and State Prostitution Arrests, 2001-2016



Top 10 States - Prostitution
Arrests per 10,000 People
1. Nevada (10.83)
2. Wyoming (3.10)
3. Tennessee (2.25)
4. California (1.97)
5. Texas (1.81)
6. Pennsylvania (1.58)
7. Arkansas (1.49)
8. Ohio (1.41)
9. South Carolina (1.371)
10. Hawaii (1.370)
Top 10 States -
Total Prostitution Arrests
1. California (7,601)
2. Texas (4,506)
3. Nevada (2,892)
4. Florida (2,397)
5. Pennsylvania (1,792)
6. Ohio (1,308)
7. Tennessee (1,161)
8. Virginia (913)
9. New Jersey (849)
10. New York (627)
Federal Prostitution Arrest Data

Year

Number of Arrests

2016 38,306
2015 31,534
2014 37,222
2013 42,110
2012 43,395
2011 44,174
2010 48,281
2009 71,355
2008 75,004
2007 77,607
2006 79,673
2005 84,891
2004 87,872
2003 75,190
2002 79,733
2001 80,854

State-by-State Prostitution & Commercialized Vice* Arrests
State 2001 2010 2014 2015 2016
Alabama 90 74 0 0 1
Alaska 61 161 36 8 13
Arizona 1,878 956 855 220 387
Arkansas 368 269 222 271 277
California 12,032 11,334 9,153 8,099 7,601
Colorado 1,328 417 347 641 510
Connecticut 565 445 348 224 212
Delaware 138 27 64 100 89
Florida 8,698 5,048 3,356 2,706 2,397
Georgia 2,378 1,414 679 531 455
Hawaii 480 296 20 125 159
Idaho 2 13 17 18 11
Illinois 6,097 2,525 931 309 187
Indiana 833 203 497 431 309
Iowa 253 123 68 116 104
Kansas N/A 185 104 75 56
Kentucky 374 275 226 275 252
Louisiana 428 257 398 130 521
Maine 70 10 52 81 105
Maryland 1,101 1,465 882 615 584
Massachusetts 1,619 905 674 508 553
Michigan 859 446 359 607 528
Minnesota 61 966 617 558 344
Mississippi 56 149 83 35 38
Missouri 1,320 338 376 400 415
Montana 2 1 8 6 3
Nebraska 364 148 130 49 131
Nevada 4,054 3,738 3,827 3,308 2,892
New Hampshire 9 24 64 59 91
New Jersey 1,934 1,489 926 623 849
New Mexico 412 347 155 62 36
New York 1,133 783 834 847 627
North Carolina 1,566 1,145 495 420 182
North Dakota 4 5 47 47 20
Ohio 2,154 1,724 1,528 1,132 1,308
Oklahoma 400 247 138 8 5
Oregon 359 296 229 56 284
Pennsylvania 3,074 1,958 2,332 1,752 1,792
Rhode Island 303 103 85 98 80
South Carolina 165 624 608 561 578
South Dakota 0 22 51 50 26
Tennessee 1,360 2,387 1,369 1,272 1,161
Texas 6,641 7,554 4,891 4,987 4,506
Utah 372 414 193 190 191
Vermont 5 5 14 4 4
Virginia 388 689 970 685 913
Washington 664 836 528 435 553
West Virginia 1 114 76 64 73
Wisconsin 881 358 662 402 437
Wyoming 2 7 54 40 56
State 2001 2010 2014 2015 2016

* Prostitution and Commercialized Vice is defined in the US Department of Justice's Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook (2004) as:

"The unlawful promotion of or participation in sexual activities for profit. To solicit customers or transport persons for prostitution purposes; to own, manage, or operate a dwelling or other establishment for the purpose of providing a place where prostitution is performed; or to otherwise assist or promote prostitution.

Agencies must include in this classification:
  • Prostitution
  • Keeping a bawdy house, disorderly house, or house of ill fame
  • Pandering, procuring, transporting, or detaining women for immoral purposes, etc.
  • Attempts to commit any of the above."

  • Sources:
    Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States 2016: Table 22," ucr.fbi.gov, 2016
    Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States 2016: Table 18," ucr.fbi.gov, 2016
    Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States 2015: Table 69," ucr.fbi.gov, 2015
    Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States: Table 42," ucr.fbi.gov, 2010-2015
    Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States 2014: Table 69," ucr.fbi.gov, 2014
    Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Arrest Data Analysis Tool," bjs.usdoj.gov (accessed Aug. 23, 2012)
    Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States," ucr.fbi.gov, 2002-2009
    Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States 2001: Section IV," fbi.gov, 2001