World: Morale – Prostitution

Continuing on the “World Morale” series, World Values Survey asked the following question:

Justifiable: Prostitution

The answer in the scale form was given, running from 1-10, 1 being “never justifiable” and 10 being “always justifiable”. The mean score given from all the participants in the respective country is shown in the graphs below:
1) OECD/developed countries:

Prostitution is deemed more justifiable in countries like Switzerland (5.32 out of 10), Spain (4.72), New Zealand (4.28) and Germany (4.31). On the other hand, most of the people in Eastern countries like Japan and Korea do not think prostitution is justifiable, along with predominantly Roman Catholics countries like Italy and Ireland

2) Selected Asia countries:

On the other hand, people in both religious and non-religious countries like Egypt, China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia think that prostitution is “never justifiable” (mean score close to 1). Surprisingly the predominantly Roman Catholic country like Philipines have the highest score (shift toward justifiable scale) in the opinion towards prostitution, higher than their counterpart countries like Italy and Ireland in West.


  1. Amy said,

    April 1, 2009 at 3:27 am

    I would like to use your chart(s) for a poster assignment regarding prostitution if this is alright with you. I was just wondering to whom I should give credit to and how/where these statistics are from.


  2. Geek said,

    September 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Why Thailand is not here? I think they are the world most I have ever see!!!!!

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