Male sex work in the UK: forms, practice and policy implications

Mary Whowell and Justin Gaffney

in Regulating sex for sale

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421067
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303169 | DOI:
Male sex work in the UK: forms, practice and policy implications

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This chapter highlights some of the progress that has been made in research on male sex work, and explores the diversity of the male scene. It considers the current policy context in England and Wales in relation to what is known about patterns, places, and forms of male sex work. The chapter provides supporting evidence by research and data emanating from the UK, but also draws on international work. It outlines the current policy context, paying particular attention to A Coordinated Prostitution Strategy (Home Office, 2006). The chapter then contextualizes the male sex industry in terms of its broad demographics and details a new model for thinking about research on male sex work. It also explores different forms and practices of male sex work in public and indoor locations. The chapter draws conclusions regarding the current regulation of the male sex industry, and makes recommendations as to where legislative attention should be focused.

Keywords: male sex work; England and Wales; international work; current policy context; Coordinated Prostitution Strategy; male sex industry; indoor locations

Chapter.  8347 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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