Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in 8 Major US Cities

The Urban Institute report explores the size and characteristics of the underground sex economy in eight major US cities using qualitative and quantitative data. Researchers compiled an impressive list of 17 main findings regarding sex trafficking, sex work and child pornography.

In short, the report found a small connection between sex trafficking and drugs but no connection to gun trafficking; gang involvement in sex trafficking seems to be on the rise. Child pornography has become more graphic and violent, according to the report.

To read the full report, please click here.

 sex economy report

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