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.
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).
Male prostitution is hardly discussed in the Netherlands, but it is out there – in every province, region and city.
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.
It is therefore important to raise awareness about the existence of these boys and men.
During our quest to paint a picture of male prostitution in the country, we were often surprised by the helpfulness of the community even while being shocked about some of the details of the business.