One in nine British men have paid for sex, according to a new study.
And the likeliest to do so are 25 to 34-year-old single men in managerial or professional occupations, and those who have had a high number of partners.
The research, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, revealed that 3.6 per cent of the 6,000 men surveyed admitted visiting prostitutes in the past five years.
10% or so (OK, 11%!) lifetime incidence, call it 4% in the past 5 years. There’s around 25m million adult males in the country. Maximum possible trade is thus 1 million men a year (that’s the 5 year but call it just the 1).
And we’ve estimates of 60k odd working girls in the country, each having 25 tricks a week. That’s what ONS assumes, based on Dutch figures. Or 1.25 million tricks a week.
From a possible (and very generous) population of 1 million Johns.
Something’s really very wrong with these numbers, isn’t it? And I don’t think that it’s the number of men who buy sex. I think that the error is in assuming that number of tricks. My suspicion is that many of those 60k are decidedly part time…..
Maybe Maggie McNeil will let us know the truth here?