Reasons for prostitution – customers
Customers are the biggest group of people involved in prostitution. In spite of this, relatively little research has been done into why people buy sexual services. The vast majority of the customers are men, but that does not mean that most men buy sex. Women, heterosexuals, homosexuals and couples all sometimes buy services from prostitutes. There are many, complex reasons why some people choose to buy sex. When asked, customers most commonly state the following reasons:
Recreation. To satisfy immediate sexual needs, for entertainment and for pleasure.
To satisfy particular sexual fantasies and for variation in their sex lives.
Due to a lack of sex or a lack of particular sexual acts in their relationships.
Because buying sex can provide a temporary solution to loneliness and isolation. Because some customers feel rejected and unwanted as partners. To buy access to the undivided attention of someone for a short while.
Because buying sex is practical and straightforward, and there are no additional material or emotional commitments.
To get a so-called “girlfriend experience”: buying time with someone who acts as a substitute for a girlfriend. In these contexts, sex is only part of the service that you are buying.
Power. Buying sex can make the customer feel in control, as he/she is able to define what is done and how it is done.
Experimenting with one’s own sexuality. Buying sex to lose your virginity, trying out sex with someone of the opposite sex to your usual partners or having sex with several partners.
Excitement. Buying sex is a way of breaking with conventions and taboos.
Dependence. Some people feel a compulsive urge to repeatedly buy sex, in spite of it having negative emotional and financial consequences.
Some people buy sex on impulse and/or after taking drugs or alcohol.
In certain situations buying sex may be an element of male bonding, or may be done as a result of peer pressure.