India: Male professionals double as sex workers for extra income

Hindustan Times
Mumbai
February 03, 2009

Gym instructors, call centre workers and direct sales agents are among thousands of professional men moonlighting as sex workers in the city to supplement incomes they feel are too meagre to give them a decent life in Mumbai.

Unlike female sex workers, these men do not walk the streets but operate entirely through social networking websites, according a study funded by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, dedicated to AIDS research, and executed by the Humsafar Trust, a non-profit focusing on gay and transgender sexual health.

“I cannot afford to live in the city if I don’t double up as a sex worker,” said Sujit, 28, who works as a gym instructor in Vakola and was part of the study, but did not want Hindustan Times to use his last name.

The six-year study, which will be completed in March, estimates that Mumbai has 6,000 male sex workers. This is a fairly significant number as it is almost a third of the 20,000 female sex workers that civic body’s Mumbai District AIDS Control Society estimate operate in the city. Continue reading

Sex-trade worker brutally assaulted

VANCOUVER SUN
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Kim Bolan
p. A10.

Vancouver police want sextrade workers to be aware of a violent sexual
assault on a woman with many years of experience in the business.

Spokesman Const. Jim Fanning said the woman felt the need to call
police because of the brutal nature of the sex assault, which occurred
last Sunday at 4 a.m. in the north lane of the 2700 block of Oxford
Street in east Vancouver. Despite years on the street, the victim was
disturbed by “the violent manner she was dealt with and the coldness
of the attack,” Fanning said.

The suspect was described as an Asian male, 5-foot-8, with a stocky
build, who was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. He was driving a
mid-size, four-door sedan that was either silver or tan in colour.
Anyone with information about the assault can call police at
604-717-3473.