Criminals tend to not want to be found, so data on their criminal behavior can be difficult to come by. Over the years we’ve collected data from a number of methods to identify and describe buyers who buy young people for sex. The results aren’t pretty, but they are powerful.
Some of our breakthrough findings are changing how law enforcement think about their buyer arrest strategies. We used to think that most buyers were the same—at least in terms of their culpability. After assembling various data sources, however, we came to a startling conclusion: 90% of the market (defined as paid sex transactions) is driven by about 25% of buyers. These “high frequency buyers” are now law enforcement’s topmost priority, because not only is their criminal behavior most extreme, but they represent the greatest and most persistent threat to our youth.