Unsafe Sex in the City: Risk Pricing in the London Area

32 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2018

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Alexander Muravyev

Saint Petersburg Branch National Research University Higher School of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Oleksandr Talavera

Swansea University - School of Management

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Abstract

This paper studies the incidence, determinants and pricing of unprotected oral sex in the London sex services market. The analysis is based upon matched sex worker-client panel data, which were collected from "field reports" on PunterNet.com website over the 1999-2009 time period. We find a steady increase in the incidence of unprotected oral sex during this period, rising from less than 20% to over 50% of all transactions. We show that the average premium for unprotected oral sex amounts to about 10-14% of the transaction price, and that this premium is higher if a sex worker has agency affiliation. Agency affiliated sex workers are also less likely to engage in unprotected oral sex compared to independent sex workers.

Keywords: prostitution, unsafe sex, sex agencies, United Kingdom

JEL Classification: J46, J48, K42

Suggested Citation

Muravyev, Alexander and Talavera, Oleksandr, Unsafe Sex in the City: Risk Pricing in the London Area. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11390, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3153354

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Oleksandr Talavera

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