Half of the men who buy sex are in a re­la­tion­ship

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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.

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Re­search states that most men who buy sex are in a re­la­tion­ship

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