A Columbia University professor says 83 percent of prostitutes have a Facebook and that, by the end ofFacebook will be their No. When Craigslist withdrew from the adult services business last year, some wondered whether the prostitution business would be driven to less obvious and, perhaps, more dangerous places. However, a Columbia University professor is suggesting that the business might have gravitated to somewhere even more obvious: Facebook.
Sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh published the of his work among New York prostitutes on Wired.
And it makes for a stimulating insight into how technology is influencing the prostitution business. Instead, Venkatesh estimates that 83 percent of prostitutes have a Facebook. Moreover, he believes that by the end ofFacebook "will be the leading online recruitment space. With more discreet and personal access offered through cell phones, the web and Facebook in particular, he believes that prostitutes "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.
Even inhe estimates that 25 percent of prostitutes' regular clients came through Facebook compared with only 3 percent through Craigslist. Perhaps it seems obvious.
If every other form of relationship is made through Facebook, why wouldn't the more professional kind? While the professor doesn't go into details about how connections are made with prostitutes on Facebook, some might assume that they might follow the same pattern as any other friending.
But perhaps it might be more complicated, with a little more inside code employed to keep things discreet. Still, if everything is becoming more personalized, as well as more social, why should anyone be surprised that Facebook might be the obvious place for a chance encounter or an adult service? One can only imagine that prostitutes are, unlike some, very well versed in the Facebook privacy settings. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.
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Technology seems to have made men's behavior suddenly sophisticated. Is Facebook a new, discreet red light district?
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