The Biggest Industries In The World You Don’t Think About

Published November 3, 2012
Updated January 22, 2018

The World’s Biggest Industries – Red Lights: The Sex Industry

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Often considered one of the oldest trades on earth, the sex industry is to this day one of the largest and most profitable in the world. Another industry that treads the line between legal and illegal in places, the sex industry brings in billions of dollars across the globe on legal prostitution, pornography, and other related trades alone.

If the numbers were to be combined with the more illegal aspects of the trade, it would easily push the total profits annually over one trillion dollars.

Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Pepperdine University and has been writing for various digital publishers for more than 10 years.
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Picone, Kiri. "The Biggest Industries In The World You Don’t Think About.", November 3, 2012, Accessed May 29, 2024.