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Open Access Webstrich Zwei Punkt Null – Prostitution in sozialen Online-Netzwerken

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Associated to the research on delimitation of privacy in the web 2.0, prostitution in the online network StudiVZ will be taken up as topic. Contrary to the feuilleton reporting on the assumption of female students increasing their pocket money by prostitution, the network is taken as a place to create professional sexual contacts. This will be proved by an explorative study. After a short overview about pornography and prostitution this work will go into details of the StudiVZ network characteristics, especially the option of anonymity and self-exposure.

In order to understand rituals of interaction selected groups and profiles will be analysed, followed by the creation of a test profile. Reactions on this test profile will be evaluated and prove that professional sex contacts are made within the StudiVZ network. It is ascertainable that the network is used to initiate sexual, commercial contacts by using respective codes as used in the pornography and erotic industry. By promoting privacy of network users sexual contacts appear to be on a private and non-professional basis rather than being prostitution and a gainful employment. During the ongoing research the impact of given female descriptions on the perception of normal profiles has to be analysed. This disquisition prepares an empirical study on the exposure of sex, pornography and prostitution in online networks.
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Publication date: January 1, 2007

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