D., Muth, S. Q., Dudek, J. A., Potterat, J. J., & Roberts,
J. M., Jr. Geographic profiles of violent clients of
prostitute women and violent clients overall. Paper presented
at the 8th annual Crime Mapping Research Conference, Savannah,
GA, September, 2005. Presentation available at SSRN:
have the highest homicide victimization rate of any group of
women ever studied. Violent crimes against prostitutes have
low clearance rates. However, cleared cases indicate that most
perpetrators are prostitutes' clients. We present geographic
profiles of violent clients and clients overall based on
patronizing arrest data from 8 states and 3 cities in the
U.S., and other data on hundreds of violent clients. We
compare clients overall with adult men residing in the same
areas and compare violent clients with clients overall on
several spatial measures.
Both violent clients and clients overall are overwhelmingly
local. The journey-to-crime distance is not useful for
profiling violent clients. Most efforts to link geographically
distant prostitute victims are unlikely to be successful.
Perpetrators encountered most of their victims on or very near
prostitution strolls known by police, thus surveillance in
these areas is a potentially productive investigative
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