The recession has driven many women - skilled and unskilled - to prostitution in Costa Rica. Though the men of "Gringo Gulch" continue to work the bars, the sudden influx of competition drives down prices and increases desperation. [Miami Herald]
lack of other economic opportunities is what largely drives the sex trade in less developed countries. there is evidence to suggest that around American military bases in the Phillipines, factories are shut down to force women in the area into prostitution so they can service the military personnel.