Many commentators have attempted to analyze and explain the nature of prostitution. However this is the first textbook to offer a complete overview of the way it operates within contemporary society, its characteristics, organizational structures, and cultural contexts. The book also explores how criminal, social, and health policies have sought to regulate and control the selling of sex. Written by leading experts with over 20 years’ experience in researching and teaching on the field, this is a must for all criminology, criminal justice, and sociology students taking modules in sex industry and prostitution studies.
Chapter 5: 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; 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 the commercial exchange. While some clients perpetrate violence against ...