A Columbia University professor has published a report that found New York City prostitutes are using Facebook to find clients, Wired Magaizne reported.
"No self-respecting cosmopolitan man looking for an evening of companionship is going to lean out his car window and call out to a woman at a traffic light. The Internet and the rise of mobile phones have enabled some sex workers to professionalize their trade. Today they can control their image, set their prices, and sidestep some of the pimps, madams, and other intermediaries who once took a share of the revenue. As the trade has grown less risky and more lucrative, it has attracted some middle-class women seeking quick tax-free income."
Seems the internet are the new streets that are being walked.
"According to the survey the use of social media and other technologies has completely altered the trade on the ground, how it is marketed, client screening, income generation and safety. Facebook and other social tools are being use to friend clients, screen and negotiate,' Columbia University sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh wrote.
Craigslist was once used as a place for sex workers to advertisers until a number of state Attorney Generals pressured them to handover information of advertisers and eventually the online classified site dropped their Erotic Services listings.
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