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Online ads and smartphone apps: How the digital age has changed prostitution

Mary Finn told us the study asked pimps in Atlanta and Chicago how technology has changed their business.
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Mary Finn told us the study asked pimps in Atlanta and Chicago how technology has changed their business.

It's known as the world's oldest profession, but make no mistake: Some 80% of all sales of sex happen online.

That figure comes from a first-of-its-kind study done by researchers from Michigan State University and Loyola University Chicago. They interviewed pimps in Atlanta and Chicago to find out how the digital world has affected the way they do business.

Lead author Mary Finn joined us today. 

GUEST Mary Finn directs MSU's School of Criminal Justice.

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