Prostitution in the Digital Age: Selling Sex from the Suite to the Street

Prostitution in the Digital Age: Selling Sex from the Suite to the Street

Prostitution in the Digital Age: Selling Sex from the Suite to the Street

Prostitution in the Digital Age: Selling Sex from the Suite to the Street

Synopsis

"This candid book reveals the enormity of the commercial sex-for-sale industry in the modern era"--

Excerpt

Prostitution has long been referred to as the “world’s oldest profession.” Clearly, it has flourished for centuries, as documented through historical and religious books, literature, fiction, criminological and true crime writings, exposés, memoirs, and Hollywood. The trading of sexual favors for currency has proven to be resilient as part of our society and social consciousness with little indication of becoming a thing of the past.

In the 21st century, prostitution continues to thrive as a major part of the commercial sexual exploitation of females and males throughout the world, along with pornography, pedophilia, and related avenues of sexual commerce. In the digital age, prostitutes and customers have found new ways to connect with each other through the Internet, smartphones, picture and video messaging, text messaging, cable television, and various other wireless devices. Popular social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Craigslist have proven to be fertile virtual ground for prostitutioninvolved individuals to advertise themselves or others and for those who seek prostitutes to fulfill their sexual needs.

The commercial sex trade today is a multibillion-dollar industry on a global scale, with prostitutes and customers operating within countries and crossing borders, almost with impunity. Every year, millions of mostly women and teenage girls and boys are being bought, sold, forced, or coerced into the sex trade as streetwalkers; brothel, massage parlor, or escort service prostitutes; and other means of sexual exploitation. With this comes a high rate of sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, violence, and victimization.

The sexual exploiters of prostitutes for pleasure and profit are customers, pimps, sex traffickers, pornographers, gangs, organized criminals, and sometimes even family members. Runaways and thrownaways are especially preyed on by pimps and other sexual exploiters, who take advantage of . . .

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