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How much US sex workers charge depends on a variety of factors

Note: This is the fourth of several installments. Part 1 explored the dataset, part 2 looked at the ethnicity of sex workers, part 3 looked at the services performed and how this correlates to ethnicity, part 4 (this part) looks at the economic side of things, and how fees correlate to ethnicity, services and looks of sex workers.

We are ready to look at the cost of services, but before we go there, let’s look at the looks. Not all providers are created equal and TER reviews certainly reflect that.

Hey, Sexy Lady!

Our dataset also offers assessments of providers’ looks. Rating is…


There is great variation in the services that US sex workers perform

Note: This is the third of several installments. Part 1 explored the dataset, Part 2 looked at the ethnicity of sex workers, part 3 (this part) looks at the services performed and how this correlates to ethnicity, part 4 will look at the economic side of things and how fees correlate to ethnicity, services, looks and performance of sex workers.

Let’s start to correlate

We have a trove of data. We can now start to correlate. To warm things up, I’ll look into each ethnic group’s smoking habits. We need a tiny bit of data cleaning (I’ll turn N/A into “I don’t know”s). …


A look at the ethnicity of US sex workers

Note: This is the second of several installments. Part 1 explored the dataset, Part 2 (this part) looks at the ethnicity of sex workers, part 3 looks at the services performed and how this correlates to ethnicity, part 4 looks at the economic side of things and how fees correlate to ethnicity, services and looks of sex workers.

Time has come to take a look at ethnicity. A cursory look reveals that the dataset has a long tail of inconsistent values. This makes sense. We can imagine that those reviewers did not use a ton of time to get ethnicity…


An exercise in data journalism that I ended up sharing with you

Masks from the Venetian Carnival (source: Wikipedia)

Note: This is the first of several installments. Part 1 (this part) explores the dataset, Part 2 looks at the ethnicity of sex workers, part 3 looks at the services performed and how this correlates to ethnicity, part 4 looks at the economic side of things and how fees correlate to ethnicity, services and looks of sex workers.

There’s a website I won’t name (goes by the TER acronym) where people (mostly guys) review sex workers (mostly females) for the benefit of other customers. …

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