Their surprised reactions point to the underexposure of this industry.Without beating about the bush, the men we met here introduced us to the phenomenon of ´paydates´.One of our most valuable findings was is that the internet plays an important structural role in the broadening the range of male prostitution in the Netherlands. Whereas a small group of men offer their services in (gay) bars and clubs, the vast majority seek customers through the internet, including men who work in illegal brothels.We only exposed the tip of the iceberg when it comes to male prostitution in the Netherlands; there is much more research to be conducted on the topic.In the , one can find transgender or transsexual prostitutes. Instead, they operate in parks, gay bars, gay clubs, chat rooms and illegal brothels.Male prostitution is hardly discussed in the Netherlands, but it is out there – in every province, region and city.Andres and all the rest may have tired of Kylie being a workaholic whose brief bout in the wilderness in the late Nineties so put the fear of God into her that she now works all hours.
Even those forced to work in illegal brothels began on a voluntary basis.In this way, prospective clients and male prostitutes can directly arrange in-person appointments without needing to rely on a brothel or club.Consequently, the internet allows for a greater variety of choice and convenience for both sex worker and client.Male prostitution is characterized by three major taboos.First, receiving money for sex is not generally accepted (from either male or female clients). And third, men are not “supposed” to be the victims of prostitution or sexual abuse, which often leads to their not seeking professional help when they need it (Repetur, 2011).Chapter 3 will describe how the Utrecht police deal with male trafficking and illegal prostitution.We have found that the majority of male prostitution is voluntary.Paydates are sex dates, organized via different websites such as .On these websites, men can easily make an appointment to have sex for money or other rewards, such as gifts or dinners.Telephone calls, emails, face-to-face interviews, and visits to gay bars and dating sites such as , one can easily find men who want to have a “paydate”.The majority of this group work voluntarily, and are not solely dependent on income from these practices.