Cyber-Hookers AKA Providers: Off the Street and onto Craigslist

25 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2008

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Michael Hemmingson

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: January 15, 2008


Craigslist has become the new virtual brothel. Call girls, escorts, and prostitutes (aka providers) using the erotic services and adult gigs sections post advertisements regarding what they have to offer, sexually, and how much this service costs. At first, law enforcement agencies overlooked these ads. In the last few years, however, agencies across the country have been conducting sting operations. The study addresses the use of Craigslist by providers as a cultural and social subject. The author conducts interviews with several women, both in San Diego and Tijuana, whom he contacted via their posts on Craigslist.

Keywords: online prostitution, Craigslist, virtual brothers, providers, escorts, call girls, cyber-hooker

JEL Classification: K30, K42, O33, Z10

Suggested Citation

Hemmingson, Michael, Cyber-Hookers AKA Providers: Off the Street and onto Craigslist (January 15, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

Michael Hemmingson (Contact Author)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

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