Revenue from prostitution advertising declines in May

06 Jul 2012
Estimated online prostitution-advertising revenue on five U.S. websites declined 4 percent to $3.2 million in May compared with the previous month. Backpage.com, which accounted for 78 percent of the May total, saw a drop of 3.9 percent in revenue from online escort and body-rub ads in 23 U.S. cities, to $2.5 million, down from $2.6 million in April, according to estimates by the AIM Group.


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Mark Whittaker

Mark Whittaker joined the AIM Group as sales director in March 2009. His career in newspapers spans 30 years as a reporter, editor and online manager. He spent seven years as online managing editor and online director for PittsburghLive.com and the Tribune-Review Publishing Co. in Pittsburgh, and later worked as interactive media director for Beaver Newspapers Inc. in suburban Pittsburgh. At Beaver Newspapers, he was responsible for day-to-day advertising, design and operation of the company’s Web sites, supervising a staff of eight. At Tribune-Review, he oversaw about 20 Web sites, including ad sales, coordination between the Web sites and affiliated newspapers, and negotiating partnership agreements. He is based near Pittsburgh.