Geographic Profiles of Violent Clients of Prostitute Women and Clients Overall

Presented at the 8th Annual Crime Mapping Research Conference, Savannah, 7-10 Sep 2005

21 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2014

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Devon D. Brewer

Interdisciplinary Scientific Research

Stephen Muth

Quintus-ential Solutions

Jonathan Dudek

Independent

John Potterat

Independent

John Roberts

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Date Written: September 7, 2005

Abstract

Female prostitutes have the highest homicide victimization rate of any group of women ever studied. Violent crimes against prostitutes have low clearance rates. However, cleared cases indicate that most perpetrators are prostitutes' clients. We present geographic profiles of violent clients and clients overall based on patronizing arrest data from 8 states and 3 cities in the U.S., and other data on hundreds of violent clients. We compare clients overall with adult men residing in the same areas and compare violent clients with clients overall on several spatial measures.

Both violent clients and clients overall are overwhelmingly local. The journey-to-crime distance is not useful for profiling violent clients. Most efforts to link geographically distant prostitute victims are unlikely to be successful. Perpetrators encountered most of their victims on or very near prostitution strolls known by police, thus surveillance in these areas is a potentially productive investigative strategy.

Keywords: homicide investigation, prostitution, offender profiling

JEL Classification: C90, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Brewer, Devon D. and Muth, Stephen and Dudek, Jonathan and Potterat, John and Roberts, John, Geographic Profiles of Violent Clients of Prostitute Women and Clients Overall (September 7, 2005). Presented at the 8th Annual Crime Mapping Research Conference, Savannah, 7-10 Sep 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2542635 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2542635

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Stephen Muth

Quintus-ential Solutions ( email )

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Jonathan Dudek

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John Roberts

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee ( email )

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