Prostitution 3.0?

71 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2013  

Scott R. Peppet

University of Colorado Law School

Date Written: 2012


This Article presents an entirely novel approach to prostitution reform focused on incremental market improvement facilitated by information law and policy. It introduces into the legal literature empirical evidence from the economics and sociology of sex work showing that new, Internet-enabled, indoor forms of prostitution may be healthier, less violent, and more rewarding than traditional street prostitution. At the same time, it argues that these existing “Prostitution 2.0” innovations have not yet improved sex markets sufficiently to warrant legalization. Instead, to create a new “Prostitution 3.0” that solves the remaining problems of disease, violence, and coercion in prostitution markets would require removing legal barriers to ongoing technological innovation in this context, such as state laws criminalizing technologies that “advance prostitution.” The Article considers what Prostitution 3.0 might entail, how it might be created, and whether it would succeed in remedying the ongoing problems in prostitution markets.

Keywords: contracts, cyberspace law, family and children's law

Suggested Citation

Peppet, Scott R., Prostitution 3.0? (2012). Iowa Law Review, Vol. 98, No. 5, 2013, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Scott R. Peppet (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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