The Economics of Prostitution
I haven’t read the book but I have some (outdated) experience in this area and what I read at Money Honey’s sounds about right but incomplete. The authors identify location and time of day as the two major factors determining how much a girl can charge. In my experience that’s correct but there are other considerations. Exposure – San Diego had a number sex trade papers in which too advertise (Club Sun, LA Xpress, at least 3 others), Tolerance – When the cops were cracking down business dropped off. Both because clients were afraid and because we had to screen closer. Competition – Just like everything else more supply equals lower prices especially when girls would come up from Tijuana or down from LA. Independence – In the area I was in almost all the girls were independent (at least the T-girls), girls who weren’t tended to be further down El Cajon. They also tended to be a lot further along the drug dependence trail and that greatly affected things.
Anyway just thought I would throw my insights out there. My time in that life was thankfully fairly short lived and as I have mentioned before I was sliding into that group of girls that are forced to continue because of the drug dependence and their boyfriends / pimps. I don’t know whow much of what I said above remains true in the age of craigslist.