White, middle-class married men, in their years & # 39; 30 to & # 39; 50, are the ones most likely to pay for sex, according to a government report.
More than one in ten men has paid prostitutes for sex and men with a & # 39; high status, sometimes striking individuals & # 39 ;.
The reasons given for this vary from & # 39; loneliness & # 39 ;, & # 39; no time to invest in unpaid relationships & # 39; and & # 39; an & # 39; sexless & # 39; marriage or long-term relationship & # 39 ;.
Others include their partner with a long-term illness and & # 39; men who grew up in a religious / homophobic environment who struggled with their desires & # 39 ;.
The report, with responses from 529 current or former prostitutes, heard of 1180 people over a six-month period.
More than one in ten men has paid prostitutes for sex and men with a & # 39; high status, sometimes striking individuals & # 39; (stock image)
Commissioned by the Home Office and produced by the University of Bristol, it wanted to report on the current & # 39; nature & # 39; and & # 39; prevalence & # 39; prostitution in England and Wales to decide if laws need to be changed.
It continued: & # 39; Respondents with experience in managed brothels or selling BDSM services were more likely to identify customers as men from the & # 39; middle and upper class & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Most buyers seem to visit brothels individually; some in groups. Some travel to different parts of the UK to pay for sexual services, or even abroad.
& # 39; For one respondent, it was the experience to pay abroad for sex that had led to regular purchases upon return to the UK. & # 39;
There are approximately 72,000 prostitutes in the UK, nine out of ten of whom are women, but the majority of the process of buying and selling sex is illegal.
The survey found that many prostitutes sell sex to make ends meet & # 39; while less sell as a & # 39; enjoyable and lucrative career choice & # 39 ;.
"We acknowledge that there are many people in prostitution who are exposed to acute exploitation and serious and sustained damage," the findings said. & # 39; Some see selling sex as a pleasant and lucrative career choice, or as a therapeutic calling.
& # 39; Our feeling from the data we have collected and from existing research is that a significant proportion of individuals (mainly women and trans women) sell sex to make ends meet, given the different limitations in their lives related to healthcare responsibilities, physically and mental health, lack of access to social security benefits and support services, workplace discrimination or other reasons.
A report from the University of Bristol (the front page is pictured), with answers from 529 current or former prostitutes, heard from 1180 people over a six-month period
& # 39; Their situation is exacerbated by stigma and security management, and many find that the longer they sell sex, the harder it can be to leave completely.
& # 39; This goes beyond the individual & # 39; choose & # 39; or & # 39; does not choose & # 39; and recognizes the structural economic and social context in which choices are limited: or in the case of people forced to sell sex, choices are removed. & # 39;
Elsewhere, the report focused on the prevalence of prostitution and its use.
It found estimating an accurate rating & # 39; challenging & # 39 ;, and wrote: & # 39; The nature of sex work and the stigma that is often associated with it means that activities often take place privately. & # 39;
But added that some data had been collected over the years.
The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NatSal) collects information about whether men have paid for sex. The survey does not ask respondents if they themselves are involved in the sale of sexual services.
The proportion of men who report having paid for sex in NatSal has increased over time, according to the report.
It has risen from two percent in 1990 to four percent in 2000 and 11 percent in the last survey – both in 2005 and in 2014.
The report also comments on the rise of online use in the sex industry. New ways have emerged to advertise and find customers, provide service and manage transactions.
And although it is mainly middle-class men who buy sex, the report found that those who sell sex in England and Wales today are diverse in terms of demographics and motivation.
But added: & # 39; We believe that the majority of vendors who participated in our study were probably British or European, probably white, with good command of English. & # 39;
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