Male prostitution is ‘everywhere’, sex industry boss says

Male prostitution is ‘everywhere’, sex industry boss says

WHEN *Christopher was growing up in a small NSW country town, strangers would stop his mother in the street and comment on his big blue eyes and curly blond hair.

WHEN *Christopher was growing up in a small NSW country town, strangers would stop his mother in the street and comment on his big blue eyes and curly blond hair.

Fast forward 15 years and Christopher was cashing in on those same charming boyish looks, listing them as his best features in online advertisements where he pimped himself out for sex.

Christopher, 26, has been a fulltime sex worker for the past seven years.

He said his first job as a “rent boy” — a term used to describe male sex workers who advertise their services on gay escort sites — was “a bit daunting but fairly straightforward”.

“It was in a nice hotel room with a guy who didn’t want anything too full on, so if anything it just confirmed that it was something I could keep doing,” Christopher told news.com.au.

“I’ve had a few strange requests since but nothing I couldn’t handle.

“Most of my clients are men but I also book couples and women.

“The women are usually in bad relationships and just want to remember what its like to feel desired again.”

Christopher said prostitution wasn’t a career he dreamt of pursuing as a child but that it was a decision he wasn’t ashamed of making.

“A lot of people stereotype and think sex workers are all drug addicts or messed up people, but a lot of us just do it because we get satisfaction out of the work and make good money while doing it,” he said.

“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else and I’ll keep doing it as along as people keep booking me.”

He said there was less demand for male sex workers than women but that the industry was easier on men.

“I think it’s even easier for male sex workers than women because there’s less stigma and its more of an even playing field in terms of strength so you’re less likely to be taken advantage of,” he said.

“I’ve never been attacked or robbed or anything like that.

“Women sex workers have always been visible when it comes to prostitution but men not so much … now we’re out and proud all over the internet and just as accessible and visible.”

He said he makes a minimum of $1000 per week, charging clients $280 per hour.

Christopher said he was raised by a loving family and always had healthy self-esteem.

“I remember going to the shops with my mum when I was a little kid and strangers would just come up to me and start commenting on my eyes and my blond hair because it was really curly and I always felt special because of that,” he said.

“I don’t think there’s any connection between that sort of attention and where I am now.

“If anything this career choice would be considered fairly unexpected by most people for someone like me.”

According to Christopher, the catalyst for his career choice came when his relationship with his first long-term boyfriend broke down and he found himself unemployed and living alone in Sydney, aged 19.

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