The Star, 23 October 2002, 'Unemployed SA men turning to prostitution'
By Yvonne Grimbeek
lack of employment opportunities for young white men is forcing thousands of
them into male prostitution.
students are financing their education through it, and breadwinners are doing it
to make ends meet.
In there are about 5 000 male prostitutes, most of them younger than 30.
clients range from lawyers to judges'
80 percent are young, white Afrikaners and about 80 percent of their clients are
married white men.
are some of the findings of Unisa's Professor Michael Herbst, who has just
completed a two-and-a-half year research project in the city.
Herbst found was scary. The sex workers are exposed to up to 49 different
sexually transmitted infections, plus physical violence, alcohol and drug abuse.
the better known sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhoea,
tuberculosis, ringworm and tapeworm are also transmitted.
is there because society wants it," said Herbst.
money made by male prostitutes is good
Male homosexual prostitution is different to heterosexual prostitution because of what happens in the encounters.
from anal and oral sex, which both occur in the same encounters, male
prostitutes and their clients can come into contact with urine and faeces,
increasing the risk of infection.
Herbst found in his research can easily be extrapolated to every major city in
clients range from lawyers to judges to military officers to ministers of
religion, and 85 percent of them are married. Not all the sex workers are gay,
but they provide a gay service.
say their clients are the most fortunate men in the world because they can go
home and honestly tell their wives that they have not slept with another
money made by male prostitutes is good. A single encounter can cost from R180
upwards. There are some, called the "super callboys" by Herbst, who
make up to R500 an hour.
said there are different types of male prostitutes in Pretoria: the
streetwalkers who solicit on the streets and parks; the "midnight
cowboys" who frequent X-rated cinemas and dark places; the men who go to
steam baths; those who work out of brothels; those who advertise in newspapers;
and then there are the callboys and super callboys who have solo, mobile
were a few men in
said Herbst, the research was aimed at devising new legislation, because current
laws outlawed prostitution and also had a disparity between the male and female
age of consent, which currently was 16 for a girl and 19 for a boy.