Thematic analysis was used to identify similarities and differences in the narratives.
Among Swedish youth with experience of selling sex, the Internet is the most common means of contact between buyer and seller.
There are few descriptions of how these contacts are established, but studies have indicated that young people under the age of 18 seldom engage in open prostitution online.
This study aimed to examine what role the Internet and the use of smartphones play in young women selling sex online, focusing on the method of contact and the characteristics of the communication online between buyer and seller.
The study included 15 young women between the ages of 15 and 25 (M=18.9) who had sold sex online before the age of 18.
The narratives about communication prior to a sexual encounter detailed differences ranging from being lured to direct negotiations.The results indicate that there is a group of young women who sell sex online that is not in the open prostitution.