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Transactional sex: Supply and demand among European men who have sex with men (MSM) in the context of local laws

International Journal of Sexual Health, 2015; 27(3): 286-302 (doi: 10.1080/19317611.2014.982263).

Authors: Rigmor C Berg, Axel J. Schmidt, Peter Weatherburn & the EMIS Network


Objectives: Transactional sex (TS) is generally defined as the trading of sex for material goods. Cast within the broader context of prostitution laws, we examined variations in the socio-demographic profile of MSM engaging in TS by payment direction (buying/selling).
Methods: The data were collected as part of the 38-country EMIS project, conducted in 2010.
Results: About 12% of respondents reported engaging in TS in the past year. TS was associated with laws, age, education, employment, and residence.
Conclusions: The striking socio-demographic differences in TS by payment direction suggest a power differential and a leading role of socio-economic factors in TS.


Gay men, men's sexual health, transactional sex, buying sex, selling sex, Europe

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