Professor Mary Finn publishes study on the effect of technology on prostitution

Professor and Director Mary Finn is lead author of a study Photo of Mary Finnon how prostitutes and pimps are using online technology to avoid detection by police: How Targeted Enforcement Shapes Marketing Decisions of Pimps: Evidence of Displacement and Innovation, published in Victims & Offenders.

She and co-investigator Loretta Stalans of University of Chicago Loyola found that new technology affords pimps greater anonymity and provides additional venues for advertising. The study estimates that 80 percent of all sex sales are handled online using websites, social media, and mobile apps. While pimps continue to use mainstream sites like Craigslist and Backpage, there has been a notable shift in how the services of sex workers are advertised and managed.

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