Research carried out in London has identiﬁed four categories of male escorts who sell their bodies to other men. Male sex workers are broadly categorised into four main groups. The lowest of the category are the street and bar prostitutes. Their clients are located in the streets and in gay bars. This group is considered heterosexual as they provide their services for money or hard drugs. The next category are the call boys.They Work independently or through a London escorts agency to link with their paying clients. The agency hooks up the call boys with the clients and take a portion of the total earnings as their commission for service rendered. The third category are the kept boys. This category mostly consists of young boys ‘kept’ by older and richer London gentlemen for their pleasure. The kept boys are also know as rent boys as a client may ‘rent’ a young male escort in London for few days. The ﬁnal category are the London escorts. Majority are gay and a small number are bisexual. They advertise their professional services around London in gay publications and any other relevant sources.
Most London researchers concentrate on the physical and psycho-social health of these male London escorts. Their main concern is focused on the lowest of the categories,the street and rent boys. London escorts agencies providing male escorts have been operating for nearly two decades and female escorts agencies for considerably longer. Individuals in this industry have been in the business just as long. Their main avenue being magazines targeted on the gay community. The most common words used in these advertisement include; masseurs,models,or body workers.
The prominence of internet has made advertising for male London escorts very prominent. Advertising in the internet has revolutionised this industry. Most male escorts in London have websites where they showcase their photos and description of themselves and services they provide.Potential clients are able to email for any service they may require from these male London escorts. Also they have created chat rooms where clients and service providers can interact freely. Escorts in London differ substantially from the other types since they can be able to select which client they want to engage in business. They provide services of their own preference as opposed to what clients may want. Reason being, they are established and most of them deals with afﬂuent people in the society. Consequently they charge much higher for services rendered. Compared to hustlers and rent boys ,they are less likely to be abused or arrested. Also they are paid in advance hence chances of not getting paid is very low.
Health wise the last group are more secure and their rate of contracting sexual transmitted diseases is very low. Reason being,their clients are tested before hand or use of protection is a necessity. They have standards and principles which their client must agree and comply to avoid breach of contract(Breach of contract will only be effective if escort is legal). The lower groups ,that is the bar and call boys sometimes are in the mercy of their clients. So many cases are reported everyday of sexual violence within these groups and actual physical harm.