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date: 28 September 2020

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This chapter describes a new method for determining the size of the underground cash economy for commercial sex in seven major US cities: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Miami, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, DC. In this innovative methodology, the operating assumption of the process is that estimates of the size of various domains of the underground economy are more accurate when comparative data across time and different locations are taken into account and when estimates of the size of one domain of the underground economy are forced to balance estimates of other domains in the underground economy with which they coincide. This method is used to derive a more rigorous estimate of the underground commercial sex economy and shed more light on its structure. To estimate its size accurately, simultaneous estimates are obtained for the size of the cash-based trade in illegal drugs and illegal firearms in each city.

Keywords: underground cash economy, commercial sex, underground commercial sex economy, cash-based trade, illegal drugs, illegal firearms, United States

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