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By analyzing thousands of client reviews posted on a popular website, The Erotic Review, they also discovered that a growing number of sex workers throughout the U. They conclude that this movement indoors and the more efficient use of online screening by sex workers is what led to the reduction of female homicides in the years craigslist site was operational: They concluded that this would require an additional outlay of , police officers, costing the U. Yet as I have argued repeatedly in essays and blogs, this approach is only making life more dangerous for many sex workers and is doing very little to protect underage prostitutes who are being trafficked into the trade.
On the other hand, there is ample evidence that decriminalizing adult prostitution and allowing sex workers to advertise online reduces the level of violence not only against prostitutes but all women. In a recent study, researchers in the Netherlands found that when major cities in that country opened tippelzones, or areas where street prostitutes could work legally, reports of rape and sexual abuse declined by as much as 30 to 40 percent in the first two years after the zones were opened.
And now we have evidence that providing American sex workers with a means to advertise their services online and screen clients may significantly reduce the likelihood of their being murdered. What more do we need to know to change our foolhardy policies and start doing a better job of protecting all women, including those who choose to sell sex? Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. We propose four mechanisms that could explain our results.
First, the introduction of ERS may have caused outdoor street-based prostitution to transition to the safer, indoor channel…Second, the growth of the market, combined with more efficient matching may lead to repeat business with low-risk clients, thereby making the market lower risk to sellers.
Third, ERS may have enabled more screening, such as the use of references when seeing new clients or background checks.