The survey found that Dallas' sex economy is "mainly composed of pimp-controlled online and street-based sex trafficking and voluntary prostitution." There is also an increasing number of "erotic massage parlors." Researchers determined that Dallas' legitimate sexualized businesses, including massage parlors and topless bars, can serve as fronts for prostitution and sex trafficking.
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Like nearly every other business, the sex trade is increasingly an online transaction.
Forty-nine percent of pimps reported using the Internet to attract business.
According to the Urban Institute, Dallas' sex industry is worth about million.
The groundbreaking research on illicit economies also estimates the local gun and drug markets at 1 million and 1 million, respectively.