Half of the men who buy sex are in a relationship
Debunking the prevalent stereotypes about men who pay for sex, researchers have found that the majority of them do not fit the image of violent, careless misogynists. Rather, they are people who are in a relationship, including marriage, a study suggests.
The new findings are based on a broader study conducted by Susann Huschke of University of Witwatersrand and Dirk Schubotz of Queen’s University Belfast.
The researchers conducted an online survey of 446 men, where the majority of the men were between the age of 31 and 50. Almost half of the men who paid for sex were in a relationship, with a similar percentage stating they paid for sex a few times a year. Only 52 percent of the respondents said they were not in a relationship.
While some men reported paying for sex due to lack of self-confidence and shyness around women, others said that they had sex with sex workers because they were living in a ‘sexless’ or ‘loveless’ marriage with no physical contact, or because their relationship with their partners had broken down.
Some respondents stated that sex with a sex worker is easier and also ‘more honest’ and safer option rather than affairs or one-night stands.
The findings, published in the online journal —Sexualities suggest that criminalising prostitution may not lead to abolition of sex work. “We argue that the criminalisation of paying for sex which came into effect in Northern Ireland in 2015 and is being discussed in the Republic of Ireland will likely not stop the majority of clients from paying for sex and thus fail to achieve its aim to reduce or abolish sex work,” the researchers said.
Research states that most men who buy sex are in a relationship