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Aust N Z J Public Health. 1999 Oct;23(5):511-8.

A profile of the clients of male sex workers in three Australian cities.

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School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales. vminichi@metz.une.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This paper describes the profile of clients as reported by 186 male sex workers in three Australian cities.

METHOD:

The data were collected using a diary which was completed after each commercial sexual encounter with a male client over a two-week period. The data reported in this study are based on reports from 2,088 sex encounters and a profile of 1,776 clients.

RESULTS:

The findings reveal, for example, that the most common source used for recruiting clients was advertisements, followed by escort agencies, although there were differences between the three cities; the majority of the clients were in their 40s but clients of street workers were younger; clients were most often classified as 'middle class', with differences by source of client recruitment; less than half the clients were identified as being gay and a significant number were identified as bisexual or straight; alcohol and drug use took place in a small percentage of the encounters; most workers had some information about their clients, such as occupation and home number; violence was infrequent; and unsafe sex was requested in a minority of the encounters.

CONCLUSION:

Overall, the results reveal that clients of male sex workers are a highly heterogeneous group.

IMPLICATIONS:

The paper highlights a number of issues which can further promote safety and public accountability in male sex work.

PMID:
10575774
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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