Story: Sex work

Why do clients buy sex?

Clients may choose to purchase sex for many different reasons. The loss of a partner may prompt the purchase of casual sex. Some clients seek sexual services that are not offered by long-term partners. Others want to avoid the emotional, and sometimes ongoing financial, obligations associated with intimate relationships. In this extract from the 1994 documentary A double standard, a man talks about his interest in sex 'without strings attached' and how he was able to purchase this from sex workers.

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Top Shelf Productions
Reference: A Double Standard. Producer, Vincent Burke; director Clare O'Leary. Auckland: Top Shelf Productions, 1994.

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Jan Jordan, 'Sex work - Sex workers and clients', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Jan Jordan, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 31 May 2018