Gay being an escort student

He said there was less demand for male sex workers than women but that the industry was easier on men.

What It's Really Like to Be a Male Escort

According to Christopher, the catalyst for his career choice came when his relationship with his first long-term boyfriend broke down and he found himself unemployed and living alone in Sydney, aged News Limited. One male sex worker, who goes by the name Jack, has advertised his services across many sex work sites.

Sex Workers Outreach Project chief executive Cameron Cox said the internet had opened up a new world for sex workers who no longer have to walk the streets and hustle for work. He said male sex workers were made up of people of various ages, races, genders and sexualities and came from all sorts of backgrounds, with many having professional careers, and others being students, backpackers or homeless. Mr Cox said although there was increasing acceptance of those who work in the sex industry, there was still a long way to go.

Skip to: The sex was always empty. Being an escort is not about intimacy and certainly not about love. It is simply a transaction. There is no flow, no shared experience, just buyer and seller. Money was never discussed because the agency settled the rates beforehand, but while on the surface we were there to enjoy each other's company, the unspoken assumption was that I had been paid for and so would do as I was told.

The only time I felt the power shift in my favour was when the client was nervous or seemed to be very taken with me. I wasn't flattered, but I did feel more in control. By and large, the clients fit a similar demographic - between 40 and 60, and extremely wealthy. Such men exist in a world where money can, literally, buy anything, but even within this culture there are hierarchies.

As one client told me, "Rent boy just sounds vulgar, dirty".

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Even I had to admit to feeling superior; the word "escort" conjured a more romantic image. Regulars were the easiest to deal with because I knew what to expect. It was new clients who made me anxious - a mixture of expectation, uncertainty and just a little fear. I didn't have boyfriends, although other escorts did; some even dated each other, which seemed far too complicated.

I'm old-fashioned in that respect - when I do go out with somebody, I'm monogamous.

The rise of the part-time gay prostitute

I can't see the point otherwise. Despite all this, in recent months, the phone has been turned off. The truth is, I've never felt cheaper. Valued against my morals and my dignity, the cash didn't seem so great.

The money is transient, but there is one permanent now, one unchangeable truth - I can dress it up any way I want, and use all the avoidance tactics I'm so fond of, but I've sold myself for sex and will have to live with that for the rest of my life. There is an urban myth that only drug dealers and escorts need two mobile phones, and I can tell you it's truer than you might think.

As an escort, you learn to love and loathe that second phone in equal measure: The last-minute cancelling and lying to friends and family was something I never reconciled myself to.

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