As the number of escorts is growing, it is no longer a luxury to seek them out, according to a new study by the University of California, San Francisco.
The research, published on Wednesday in the journal Sex Roles, found that San Francisco was home to some of the most aggressive and dangerous escort markets in the country.
“Escort markets are becoming increasingly popular with younger women seeking to have sex with their male partners and are increasingly attracting younger, less experienced female clients,” said lead author Lisa A. Lopatin, a professor of sociology and the department of sociology at UC San Francisco and the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
“The women who come to us for sex are generally not well educated, they don’t know the law, they’re not particularly familiar with the city they’re staying in, they aren’t really ready for the experience of being with someone who has sex with them.”
Escorts and men who have sex without consent are considered sex traffickers and are sentenced to up to seven years in prison.
Lopatin said the study found that there were about a dozen women in San Jose and Santa Clara counties who had been trafficked.
In San Francisco, the number was five.
The researchers also found that the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward-San Jose area had a significant number of women in prostitution and that the city was home for a large number of these women.
The study found a number of common misconceptions about sex trafficking in the United States.
One misconception was that women who are victims of trafficking are less likely to report it, Lopati explained.
“I would not want to say that all sex trafficking victims are victims.”
But Lopani also said that the majority of sex trafficking survivors in the U.S. are women, with women who were trafficked more often being trafficked as women than as men.
She said the findings of this study did not prove that prostitution was a victimless crime.
“It doesn’t prove it,” she said.
In a report published last year, researchers at Northeastern University found that of the more than 500 sex trafficking cases investigated in the state between 2006 and 2014, about 70% involved men who had had sex with a child.
A similar study by researchers at the University at Buffalo found that in the past decade, sex trafficking has become more prevalent among African Americans, who account for nearly one-quarter of the U:C.
In a 2015 report, the Center for American Progress found that African American women were more than twice as likely as white women to be victims of sex slavery in the US.
Lokina said that while the study doesn’t indicate that the men who were being traffied were trafficking themselves, she believes it does point to a broader trend.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there about this issue,” she explained.
Lopez, who has been researching sex trafficking for the past eight years, said that a lot has changed in the sex industry since the 1990s.
“A lot of people think that prostitution is still very young and very vulnerable,” she added.
“This study suggests that it is not.”
The report did not find that sex trafficking increased as a result of a decrease in violence, though Lopini said she was surprised that the number declined as a percentage of the overall sex trafficking population.
“There is no decrease in sex trafficking,” she told Al Jazeera.
“That’s a finding that really strikes me.”
Follow Al Jazeera’s Trending News section on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.LOPANIN said that there is a difference between sex trafficking and sex trafficking as an issue.
“Sex trafficking is defined as exploitation and exploitation is defined by the act itself,” she noted.
“But it is also the act of exploiting someone.”
Lopani said that it may be hard for some people to understand the differences between the two.
“We all think of human trafficking as the exploitation of human beings,” she acknowledged.
“The reality is that most human trafficking is done by people who are forced to sell their bodies and their humanity.”
The study, titled ‘Sex trafficking: What’s wrong with the debate?’, found that sex-trafficking victims are often referred to as victims of sexual exploitation.
“They’re victims of the sex trade because they were victims of abuse as children, they were abused as children,” Loplin said.
“And there’s a lot more that goes into sex trafficking than just being trafficker or being exploited.”
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In other words, this is not some kind of sexual act.”
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