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NCJ Number: NCJ 241132     Find in a Library
Title: Prostitution and Fellatio
Author(s): Martin A. Monto
  Journal: Journal of Sex Research  Volume:38  Issue:2  Dated:May 2001  Pages:140 to 145
Date Published: 05/2001
Page Count: 6
  Annotation: Using a large sample of men arrested for attempting to hire prostitutes in three Western cities (n = 1,281), this study assessed the importance of fellatio as the motivation for seeking a prostitute’s services.
Abstract: The questionnaires completed by the men indicated that they were more likely to select fellatio than any other sexual practice when asked which practices they had ever experienced with a prostitute, experienced most frequently with a prostitute, and experienced during their most recent sexual encounter with a prostitute. In addition, respondents were more likely than men in general to find fellatio highly appealing. This finding contrasts sharply with non-paid sexual practices, in which vaginal sex is overwhelmingly preferred and practiced (Laumann et al., 1994). These findings tend to support the hypothesis that the desire for fellatio may be one reason some men seek the sexual services of prostitutes. Other possible reasons why fellatio is preferred by customers of prostitutes are offered, including clients’ belief that compared to vaginal sex, fellatio puts them at less risk for AIDS. Although there are multiple explanations for the prevalence of fellatio in encounters with prostitutes, findings suggest that some clients seek the services of prostitutes because they want to experience fellatio. This may be because it is a sexual practice to which they may not have regular access through socially approved means. If given greater access to fellatio, some clients may move on to other practices that remain unavailable through conventional sexual relationships. The sample was divided between San Francisco, CA (n = 950); Portland, OR (n = 77); and Las Vegas, NV (n = 254). Demographic characteristics of the sample are also reported. 2 tables and 16 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Prostitution ; Sexual behavior ; Motivation ; Behavior patterns ; Behavioral objectives ; Behavior typologies ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Nevada ; Oregon ; California
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 97-IJ-CX-0033
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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