The Dynamics of Male and Female Street Prostitution in Manchester, England

Graham Ellison, Ronald Weitzer

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This article examines male street prostitution in Manchester, England, and draws some comparisons to its female counterpart in this city. While the two sectors have some important similarities, we also find significant differences in the physical and social ecology of the places in which they work, in their behavior patterns, and in individuals’ demographics and work experiences. We find that ecological dif- ferences between the male and female markets have a major impact on partici- pants’ work practices, opportunities, and integration into the local community. The data also indicate that it is incorrect to speak of a monolithic male street market or sector in Manchester because sellers shift between settings (street, bar, and escorting), unlike the female street sector. We also find that the males demonstrate more diversity in their repertoires for earning money. The findings have implications for local government policy and for outreach workers who work with these populations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-203
Number of pages23
JournalMen and Masculinities
Issue number2
Early online date08 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2017


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