Victoria's Friends is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to provide spiritual support, physical restoration, and training to women working in the sex industry.

Strip Club Statistics


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Adult Video News Media Network 
  • "The Erotic Economy" by Angelina Spencer, Association of Club Executives
Global strip club annual revenue: $75 billion
US strip club annual revenue:  $3.1 billion
Metro Atlanta strip club annual revenue: $240 million +


Number of strip clubs in the US: 4,000
Number of strip clubs in Metro Atlanta: 19


City with most strip clubs per 100,000 residents: Springfield, Oregon
Six largest US markets for strip clubs:
Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles


Estimated number of strippers in US clubs:  400,000
Average annual earnings for a stripper:  $70,000 - $100,000


Dancer Statistics


  • Treasures website:
  • Freedom and Justice Center for Prostitution white paper by Kelly Holsopple:
  • More women are employed by the sex industry than at any other time in history.
  • Research related to women working in various aspects of the sex industry indicates that they are faced with higher rates of drug addiction, sexually transmitted diseases, violent assaults, and more mental health problems than the general population. Women in the sex industry experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at rates equivalent to veterans of combat war.  One study found that 35% of strippers have Multiple Personality Disorder, 55% had Borderline Personality Disorder, and 60% had Major Depressive Episodes.
  • Between 66% and 90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children.
  • 89% of women in the sex industry said they wanted to escape, but had no other means for survival.
  • Strippers are often substance abusers:  one study found the number to be around 40%.
  • Women who work in the sex industry have only a 25% chance of making a marriage last for at least three years.
  • 70% of strippers reported that they have been followed home, and 42% say they have been stalked .