The Closet Moderate: India is a big place filled with large numbers

Monday, May 18, 2009

India is a big place filled with large numbers

Oh noes! 1.2 million child prostitutes in India!

That means about 1 in every 1000 people in India is a child prostitute, because India is big. And that about 3 Indian children in every 1000 are prostitutes, because India is young.

In contrast, this completely reputable website that I found via Google claims there are 300,000 child prostitutes in the US. Which means about 1 in every 1000 people in the U.S. is a child prostitute, because we are about 1/4th the size of India. And about 5 American children in every 1000 are prostitutes, because we are about 1.5 times less young than India.

So we probably shouldn't be too worried about child prostitution in India, and instead worry about how many of their big-city deputy mayors are killed by monkeys (1, a more than 1,000,000% increase over the US any way you slice it).

(Population numbers from this entry come from the CIA World Factbook).

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