Comparison Of Financial Lucrativeness And Safety In The World Of Online And Offline Prostitution: An Exploratory Study Of Perceptions And Experiences Of Law Enforcement

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Cathy Marcum, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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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. As there are multiple fallacies regarding the benefits of online prostitution versus offline prostitution, the purpose of this study is to investigate the perceptions of law enforcement in the United States regarding the financial lucrativeness and lifestyle of those who prostitute online compared to those who sell sexual services offline. Findings indicated that law enforcement believed online prostitutes grossed more money for their services and also demonstrated a cleaner, more polished lifestyle. However, the majority of respondents still believed both types of prostitution to be dangerous.

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Sparks EP, Marcum CD, Clevenger SL, Sedlacek J. Comparison of Financial Lucrativeness and Safety in the World of Online and Offline Prostitution: An Exploratory Study of Perceptions and Experiences of Law Enforcement. American Journal of Criminal Justice: The Journal of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. 2020;45(2):332-348. doi:10.1007/s12103-019-09509-0. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2019
Internet, Prostitution, Policing, Victimization

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