Male sex workers are a group which often go unrecognised both in policy and academia, with much of the sex work literature presenting men solely as the client or ‘exploiter’ of sex workers. My research seeks to challenge this view of men in sex work, and highlights the varied experiences of those men who themselves undertake sex work. Much current research on male sex workers does not acknowledge the potential vulnerability of the group. My research looks into the experiences of physical, sexual and verbal violence against male sex workers, and the barriers which often prevent men from reporting such incidents to the police.
In order to research this topic, I am using the internet as a means of data collection, and also as a forum with which I can contribute positively to the male sex work community.