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Paying for Sex in a Digital Age

US and UK Perspectives, 1st Edition

By Teela Sanders, Barbara G. Brents, Chris Wakefield


288 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Providing one of the first comprehensive, cross cultural examinations of the dynamic market for sexual services, this book presents an evidence-based look at the multiple factors related to purchasing patterns and demand among clients who have used the internet.

The data is drawn from two large surveys of sex workers’ clients in the US and UK. The book presents descriptive baseline data on client engagement with online platforms, demographics and patterns of frequency in different markets, information on smaller niche markets and client reactions to exploitation, safety and changes in the law.

The book makes clear that the situational as well as individual factors affect the willingness and ability to purchase sexual services. The view that emerges shatters the stereotypes and generalizations on which much policy is based, and demonstrates the complexities surrounding who pays for sex and the contours of sexual consumption in consumer culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding Sexual Consumption

Chapter 1. Knowledge About Consumers

Chapter 2. Law, Policy and Politics in the UK and US

Chapter 3. Advertising and Avenues of Access to Buying Sex Online

Chapter 4. Who Are Clients and How Do They Buy? Purchasing Patterns, Customer Segmentation and the Economics of Sexual Consumption

Chapter 5. Beyond Middle-Aged, Straight, White Guys: Purchasing Patterns in Smaller Markets

Chapter 6. Sex Without Touch - Consumers of the Webcam Market

Chapter 7. Responsible Consumption? Client Attitudes, Self Regulation and Risks in an Underground Environment

Chapter 8. Conclusion: Consumers Not Criminals

Appendix: Methodology

About the Authors

Barbara G. Brents is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada. She studies sexuality, gender and politics in market culture, and research in the sexual commerce. Brents is a co-author with Crystal Jackson and Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan of The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland (2010).

Teela Sanders is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester. She is a leading international scholar in research on the intersections between gender, regulation, governance and crime, specifically in the sex industry.

Chris Wakefield is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada. Their focus is on intersections of criminal justice and mental health to constrain expressions of gender and sexual diversity, including non-normative sexual identities and transgender experience.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General