Utopsi and Espace P notice that people who already have a job, still try to earn some extra money in the sex industry, and that their number is on the rise. Marie of Utopsi told our colleagues of the local radio station Radio 2: "We are seeing this in adverts and hearing this in conversations with other sex workers. It's mostly single parents or singles who are finding it hard to make ends meet, and who are receiving clients a couple of times a month."
Espace P confirms the rise, but says it's hard to give a figure. There are no official figures because prostitution is still illegal. Federal police estimate there are about 26,000 sex workers for the whole of Belgium.