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Buying the Girl Next Door: A Study of Solicitations for Sex Online  

Author:  Anna E. Kosloski.; Stephanie Bontrager-Ryon.; Dominique Roe-Sepowitz.

Source: Volume 09, Number 04, Spring 2017 , pp.53-59(7)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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This article addresses the increasing popularity of the internet as a profit center for the commercial sex industry. In their study of responses to decoy sex ads placed in an online forum, the authors found that those seeking escort services are highly influenced by the location of the ad as well as by the appearance, race, and ethnicity of those in the decoy photographs. They also discovered that ad responders were numerous and seriously intent on purchasing sexual services.

Keywords: Craigslist; Backpage.com; sex trafficking

Affiliations:  1: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; 2: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; 3: Arizona State University.

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