A Seattle-based company has developed a sex chat bot that shocks potential paedophiles once they admit to interest in under-age prostitutes.
When they are not met, research has found that psychological damage can occur, including feelings of rage and betrayal, lowering of sexual and personal confidence, and damage to self-image.
Depending on the context, men and women can experience social consequences if their act of infidelity becomes public.
Frequencies as high as 30% are sometimes assumed in the media, but research Such studies show that covert illegitimacy is in fact less than 10% among the sampled African populations, less than 5% among the sampled Native American and Polynesian populations, less than 2% of the sampled Middle Eastern population, and generally 1–2% among European samples.
Strategic pluralism is a theory that focuses on how environmental factors influence mating strategies.
King County (in Seattle) attorney Val Richey told Lee the internet has led to dramatic growth in the prostitution marketplace.
"We found over 130 websites where you can buy sex in the Seattle area alone," Richey said.
Such covertly illegitimate children amount to about 1–2% of newborns in studied populations.
According to The New York Times, the most consistent data on infidelity comes from the University of Chicago's General Social Survey (GSS).
Once the conversation develops enough, the chat bot reveals it is only 15 and asks "are you cool with that?
" If the user responds yes, they are met with an instant message explaining under-age prostitution is illegal.
In an extensive report, the BBC's Dave Lee spoke to the companies behind the app as well as a former sex worker.