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More men in Sweden sell sex than women: study

Published: 13 Nov 2012 07:31 GMT+01:00

According to the study, 2.1 percent of Swedish males aged 16 to 25 said they had prostituted themselves in 2012, compared to 0.8 percent of women.

While young women almost exclusively sold sex to men, young Swedish men sold sex to both men and women.

"Behind these figures, there are about 20,000 people who need help," said Marie Nyman, a spokeswoman for the board.

"We have a hard time understanding why guys outnumber girls," she said.

The study also found a strong connection between paying for sex and sexual violence, with 78 percent of those who reported having sold sex said they has also been sexually assaulted.

A representative for the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (Riksförbundet för sexuell upplysning – RFSU) told the news agency TT that it could be speculated that young gay men "have an easier time accepting their sexuality if they do it in exchange for something, like a few beers or a recharge of their phone card."

The study found that 21.9 percent of youths aged 16 to 25 "think it is acceptable that others have sexual relations in exchange for compensation," adding that young men are in general more tolerant than young women.

Half of the clients of male and female prostitutes under the age of 26 were also under the age of 26, Nyman said.

In Sweden, selling sex is not a crime, however paying or attempting to pay for sex is punishable by fines. Anyone convicted of purchasing sex from a minor can be sentenced to up to two years in prison.

The new report also uncovered that fewer young people are publishing "sexy" images and film clips online compared to 2009.

Back then, 7.8 percent reported having posted sexually-themed images on the internet, compared to 4.7 percent today.

The study was based on responses from the 2,254 Swedes questioned in the survey.

A 2006 study published in a US medical journal specialized in sexually transmitted diseases, entitled "Estimates of the Number of Female Sex Workers in Different Regions of the World", showed that Sweden had one of the lowest rates of female prostitution in the world, at just 0.1 percent.

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08:05 November 13, 2012 by Kevin Harris
So, there were 20 000 male prostitutes under age 25 active in Sweden in 2012. If you add those over 25, let's say another 25 000, we have a rough figure of 45 000 male prostitutes operating in Sweden.

The Swedish population is mostly clustered around the three large cities, so it seems fair to say Stockholm has about 15 000 male prostitutes, and Malmö and Göteborg about 10 000 male prostitutes each.

Thank you the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education for publishing this valuable and clearly accurate information.
09:39 November 13, 2012 by prince T
I am not suprised at this research. men should be called women or vice versa in sweden. most people we call men in sweden are boys or women. anna anka was right about them. how can male prostitute be more than female. it can only happen in sweden.

may be their wives send them out to do something productive with their penis since they are irresponsible at hom.
09:41 November 13, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Find that hard to believe...Google "Stockholm escorts" & see how many hits you get, that there should be more males man-whoring.....sorry I just don`t believe that. This was the same paper that said there were 90 brothels in Stockholm operated with Thai women...I mean honestly 90 !! OK 9 maybe but not 90 !
09:42 November 13, 2012 by prince T
this can only happen in sweden. how can male prostitute outnumber the females. maybe their wives send them out to do something productive with their dick since they are useless at home.

I still propose that men should be called women and vice versa in sweden. women uphold the homes in sweden
11:53 November 13, 2012 by Emerentia
@ prince T. People in the age group 16 to 25 don't usually have wifes in Sweden. Especially not they gay guys.
15:12 November 13, 2012 by Svensksmith
Sell it? I have a hard time giving it away.
15:43 November 14, 2012 by sometimesinsweden
also says that 80% of those Swedish fellas are gay or at least offering gay services.

Surely the feminists demanding equality should be enforcing quotas to get more women back in the business.
15:50 November 19, 2012 by mcarroll1
Swedish Ostrich Syndrome, or SOS. Sweden outlawed the purchasing of sex not the selling of it so... problem solved, no more prostitution in Sweden. The lowest incidence in Europe. Wake up Sweden, the whole place is crawling with prostitutes of male and female persuasion openly selling sex from Ostermalm's finest haunts to every den of iniquity in Sodermalm (only joking Sodermalm - you dont have to pay for it there).
16:27 December 12, 2012 by creamy
Competing with the Dutch.
18:37 December 13, 2012 by trumanshow
I just can't see how Swedes organize these activities. Do they leave coded notes in the tvattstuga? Swedes, if anything, are very discrete.
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