Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Social Work, Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research, in collaboration with the Phoenix Police Department, recently concluded a study and developed a model to estimate the number of customers contacting online sex advertisements. Funded by THORN: Digital Defenders of Children (whom I did an article on on March 12, 2014), this particular study is the first in a series on prostitution demand.
The purpose of this study, according to the authors, is to contribute to the field of demand research. Specifically, it intended to inform law enforcement, advocacy groups and policy makers on the scope of this illegal and heinous activity. Using an ecological sampling technique called capture/recapture, the ASU study created a probability estimate for the total size of the online sex ad customer population based on the exposed male population in 15 U.S. cities.
For more information on this study as well as its findings, please click here.