Hookers.com, experiences of the virtual girlfriend; exploring Internet advertisements on escorts

Burghart, Kristofor (2008) Hookers.com, experiences of the virtual girlfriend; exploring Internet advertisements on escorts. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession, but it is using some 21st-century tricks. Studies on prostitution, more specifically escort services have neglected to consider the use of the Internet as a method of solicitation and advertisement. The thesis determines the difference between street and escort sex work in Britain by the place of work, mode of client contact, the employment status, financial exchange practise and the risks they face, whilst describing the distinct 'occupational culture' that exist within the British escort trade, making reference to the set of social norms, codes of conduct and moral hierarchies that make it a highly regulated workplace despite its illicit and sometimes illegal nature. The thesis crosses the boundaries of sociological, criminological and cultural discourse in order to explore the transformations within information and communication technologies, aiding sex workers and their client's deviant identities and behaviours. The work provides a brief critical perspective upon current prostitution polices, followed by a short discussion legal chaos and complexities that surround it. The thesis, therefore, focuses on a virtual online sex community, which has enabled buyers, sellers and organisers to congregate through message boards, lively chatrooms and various facilities to match people with similar interests. Examining how social relationships involved in the paying for sex are being transformed by the Internet. The study is an explanatory analysis of the content of 308 adverts posted on www.Punternet.com. The aim of the study was to observe information about escort agencies and independent escorts, which utilise the Internet for advertisement. The study aims to provide a description of a typical escort advert from the potential customer perspective, which portrays information on individual escorts, prices, payment options and reviews. Additionally, the study measures the explicitly of the adverts examined and provides a description of the sexual acts that are graphically displayed within the individual adverts.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/623

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