Police Department Perceptions Of The Mobility And Safety Of Online Vs Offline Prostitutes: An Exploratory Study

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Cathy Marcum, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: To date, there is a gap in the literature exploring the perceptions and experiences of law enforcement regarding enforcement of online and offline prostitution. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the perceptions of law enforcement in the USA regarding the safety and mobility of individuals who prostitute online compared to those who sell sexual services offline. The next section will explain the methodology of the exploratory study, including the method of original data collection. All police departments in the USA located in a jurisdiction of 50,000 people or more were requested participation in the study (n ¼ 689). Respondents were sent an initial mailing of a cover letter and survey, followed by an e-mail reminder and a second mailing of a cover letter and survey. Individual respondents were asked questions about their own perceptions of behaviors and lifestyles of offline vs online prostitutes. The majority of law enforcement respondents did not feel as if online prostitutes were safer compared to offline prostitutes. However, the majority of respondents did believe that online prostitutes are afforded a better lifestyle and are more mobile.

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Marcum, C., Sparks, E., Clevenger, S., & Sedlacek, J. (2020). Police department perceptions of the mobility and safety of online vs offline prostitutes: An exploratory study. [Online vs offline prostitutes] Policing, 43(1), 167-182. doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-07-2019-0105. Publisher version of record available at: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/PIJPSM-07-2019-0105/full/html?skipTracking=true
Language: English
Date: 2019
Crime and place, Adult sexual assault, Police perceptions

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