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Justin Bieber’s New Home, Atlanta, Has Booming Prostitution Market

Justin Bieber is reportedly moving to Atlanta, which a new study identifies as one of the largest markets for prostitution of seven cities studied.

Justin Bieber is reportedly moving to Atlanta, which a new study identifies as one of the largest markets for prostitution of seven cities studied.

Justin Bieber, who made headlines when he tore through Brazil’s brothels, has picked the right city as a new home, if that’s his game. Atlanta is one of the nation’s booming prostitution markets, according to a new study.

The Urban Institute conducted the national study of the world’s oldest profession and released the results today (Mar. 20).

The well-known Washington, D.C. think tank said it used “scientifically rigorous estimates” of the underground sex trade to come up with its findings.

In all, it examined “commercial sex economies” in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Miami, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, DC for from 2003 to 2007.

Then, it followed up by interviewing “pimps” to learn the intricacies of the trade, according to Meredith Dank, the senior research associate who conducted the study.

Atlanta topped the study with an estimated $290 million a year underground commercial sex economy in 2007, the most recent figures available. By way of perspective, the figure is two and a half times the Atlanta Falcon’s payroll, the study noted.

Denver had the smallest economy at $39.9 million, and in some cities, like Washington the industry shrank. Between 2003 and 2007, D.C.’s sex spending fell to $103 million from $155 million, a 34 percent decline. Seattle’s market, in contrast, soared by 123 percent ($50.3 million to $112 million).

Like most studies, however, the results seemed to be dated even as the study was being published.

Although the researchers acknowledged that the sex business is moving online and out of parking lots, back alleys, hotel lobbies and bus stations, it did not extensively detail that market.

In fact, online services like craigslist.com and backpage.com are becoming the biggest resources for prostitution. In many cases, such sites have made it possible for full-time prostitutes to forego pimps.

A growing number of college students and other part-timers are also getting in the game because of the Internet. It makes it easier, cheaper and safer to arrange hookups than “strolling” for Johns, a fact noted in the study.

Even pimps are getting tech-savvy. Nearly half (49 percent) of the 73 pimps (all convicted) interviewed for the study reported using Internet to attract business.

Although most pimps interviewed appear to be African-American, the business, at least as they describe it, is patently racist.

“They have a saying in the pimp game, ‘if it ain’t white, it ain’t right. If it ain’t snowing, I ain’t going,'” the study states.

White women, it turns out are in higher demand, easier to manage and better able to blend in in a variety of environments.

Another caveat of the business is age. Most of the pimps interviewed had been arrested for trafficking in minors. That’s because “younger women are easier to manipulate, work harder to earn money, and are more marketable,” according to the study.

And at least as the pimps tell it, they’re a bulwark against the drug trade. They typically won’t work with hard-drug users and girls typically aren’t allowed to “date,” that is provide services to, “black dudes… 25 and under.”

And the preferred customer? White males 50-years-old, or older. But they’d likely make an exception for Justin.

For more from the study, check out the Urban Institute’s report here. And follow TheImproper online for the latest pop culture news.

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