The women, according to the study, aren't desperate, but are rather attracted to the world's oldest profession "for many of the same reasons that people enter the conventional job market - money, stability, autonomy and even job satisfaction," stated author Jennifer Hafer.
In a nutshell, according to an Arkansas statement:
... Affluent and educated women with strong family backgrounds and access to resources - may be choosing to enter the high-quality illegal prostitution market, via a high-end escort service or through the Internet.
Hard to swallow? For us, yes. The now-famous women Charlie Sheen has been finding online aren't exactly Rhodes Scholars.
The research states that so-called "street walkers" and other allegedly lower-end prostitutes still come from the grittier side of life.
The study says that women who work the street don't chose to do so at all -- they often end up there as a result of coercion and violence. And it says that some with fewer opportunities in life end up in "the low-quality legal market - the brothels in the Nevada counties," according to a summary.
Hafer's conclusions: Maybe we should legalize it:
... Brothel prostitution should be legalized and regulated in expanded locations. Her policy attention to escort and Internet prostitution focused on regulation, such as licensing, health testing and possibly taxation, as a means to ensure safety and security for both the prostitute and the consumer. For the escort and Internet markets to be regulated, they must be legalized.