The Internet has greatly changed how we live our life today. Doing business transactions have become more straightforward, while making correspondence is a lot easier. Even the sex industry was revolutionised by the Internet and social media. Before, sex workers toil the streets and Sydney brothels for quick bucks. But now, escorts and call girls can market and sell sex online without the usual pimps who “control” them. Through the Internet and social media, prostitutes can now work on their own, screen their clients, and manage their finances.
Digital Revolution Delivering Demand in the Sex Industry
It is common for businesses to harness the powers and reach of social media when promoting their products and/or brand. Even those in the sex industry utilise the various forms of social media to sell sex in Australia and globally. As a matter of fact, most prostitutes no longer do sex trades in brothels. Instead, they have transferred on Facebook, Twitter and Craigslist, among others, for sex-related displays and promotions.
Mobile applications have also transformed the sex industry. As long as you are connected to the Internet, you can have a prostitute “on the go”. In Germany, a smartphone application was developed to streamline the commercial sex in the country. The app, called Peppr, allows users to find prostitutes within his/her area. The search results include the rates, pictures and physical descriptions of the available sex workers.
Dangers of Online Prostitution
Among the countless issues facing the proliferation of online prostitution is the growing number of children lured in social media to do sex work. According to the authorities, pimps create fake online personas to be chummy with their victims. For instance, a teenager in the United States was sold as a prostitute after being befriended by a woman she interacted with on Facebook.
Women who also advertise themselves online are prone to abuse and violence. There were reports of robbed and murdered women in the United States, all of whom were involved in the sex trade and had marketed sexual services on the Internet. There are also similar cases in Europe, where online prostitution led to the death of six women.
Some sex workers moved online thinking that it is safer. However, they are still susceptible to violent crimes, such as rape, harassment and murder.