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NCJ Number: 140454 Find in a Library
Title: Professional Male Prostitution: A Neglected Phenomenon
Journal: Crime, Law and Social Change  Volume:18  Issue:3  Dated:(November 1992)  Pages:259-275
Author(s): S Van Der Poel
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 17
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper refutes the view that male prostitution is generally regarded as a problematic phenomenon by showing that most researchers have consistently selected only the problematic categories of male prostitution for their studies while ignoring successful prostitutes.
Abstract: In addition, many researchers explain male prostitution in terms of individual psychosocial characteristics of those who practice it. Consequently, little is known about male prostitution as an occupational/professional career. Based on ethnographic research in the Netherlands, male prostitution is analyzed as a commercial service-oriented business with economic and social characteristics typical of other small and medium-sized businesses. The author contends that, seen from the inside, the core of male prostitution is formed by prostitutes for whom the occupation is a career. Male prostitutes appear to follow a code of behavior in order to protect their livelihood. Like any other profession, prostitution makes certain demands on the skills of those who practice it. In professional male prostitution, degrees of professionalism vary from the provision of sexual services in the simplest form to differentiated forms where sex is merely the side product of something else. Paradoxically, the modus operandi of prostitutes that is most in line with the prevailing image of prostitution and that forms the basis for the stigma attached to prostitution is, in reality, likely to provide the smallest income. 44 references
Main Term(s): Prostitution
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Male offenders; Netherlands
Note: Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, 1991, San Francisco
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