The field of sex work has undergone a massive expansion in the past ten years. In this new Second Edition, three leading researchers come together to provide an interdisciplinary outline of sex work. This book provides comprehensive coverage of key areas common to the study of the female sex industry, as well as considering issues relating to male and transgender sex workers, young people who are sexually exploited, and migrant sex workers. It also includes discussion of more recent forms of commercial sex such as Internet-based sex work. International in perspective, Prostitution: Sex Work, Policy & Politics combines sociological approaches with criminology and criminal justice studies, social policy, health research, and sexuality studies.

Buying Sexual Services

Buying Sexual Services

This chapter explores the different groups of people who buy commercial sexual services. The first section looks at who actually buys sex: women from male escorts and (to a lesser extent) female sex workers; men who buy sex from men; and more traditionally, men who buy sex from women working in the sex industry. Next, summarizing the evidence and literature available, this chapter examines the motivations for buying sexual services, the heterogeneity of the population of men who buy sex and the meanings attached to buying sexual services. The complexities of relationships between sex workers and clients are explored, which challenge some of the notions of what happens in the relationship by examining emotions and intimacy as part of ...

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