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Exploring the Concerns of First-Time Buyers of Sexual Services Open Access

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In order to contribute to the growing body of research on the demand for commercial sexual services, this study explores the following questions: What are the most frequent concerns or issues for prospective, first-time buyers of sexual services, also called “newbies”? And what kind of advice do other individuals offer, in online discussion forums, to individuals who raise such concerns and issues? Using data collected over a four-month period and coded from the “FAQ for Newbies” section of a popular discussion board, this study identified a set of central concerns among newbies. Many of these issues are inter-connected and, as such, can pose formidable challenges that newbie learn to navigate as they begin to purchase sexual services.

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