A study conducted by Susann Hushcke from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and Dirk Schubotz of Queen’s University Belfast have found that most of the men who pays for sex are in relationship, some are even married.
The survey which was conducted on 446 men most of them of the age group between 31-50, has given a shocking findings and according to researchers, men who pays for the pleasure are not violent, careless and misogynist. Few face-to-face interviews also took place for the study.
While around half percentage of men said they were in relationship, including marriage when they paid for sex. Around similar number of men said they paid for sex a few times. 52 percent said they were not in a relationship, said the report.
Men said, “They had sex with sex workers because they were living in 'sexless' or 'loveless' marriages with no physical contact, or because their relationship with their partners had broken down.” Some men also clarified that they paid for sex due to lack of self-confidence and shyness around women.
“Some respondents stated that sex with a sex worker is the easier, but also a 'more honest' and safer option than affairs or one-night stands. 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,” said the researchers.
By Prajakt K.