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How much does illegal sex trade take in?

Landmark study estimates size of underground sex economy in San Diego, 7 other cities

Dana Littlefield

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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“It is a real industry; it does have some economic impact,” said Kelly Cunningham, an economist at the National University System Institute for Policy Research

He acknowledged the difficulty in attempting to gauge the economic impact of an underground industry, particularly one for which there was such a small data sample, but said the methodology used in this study seemed to be a valid approach.

“I think this is a good start and it gives us an idea as to what this underground industry is,” he said.