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Marco Bacio

Doctoral student


Sex Work as a choice. Male Sex Workers in Sweden


  • Marco Bacio

Summary, in English

The research aims at mapping and analysing the phenomenon of male sex workers (specifically men that sell sex to other men, M$M) in Italy and Sweden. If female sex work has been studied from different scholars worldwide, a lack of attention exists on the male side of the phenomenon. This gap in the academic literature mirrors a more general ‘invisibility’ of the issue also in other domains - politics (governments and public institutions), press, and public opinion. What are the reasons that drive male sex workers to start selling sex? How do they manage the activities of selling sex and sexual services? What type of services do they provide to their clients? The research points, first of all, at answering these questions and at grasping the different sides of the phenomenon through a qualitative methodology. 44 in-depth interviews with sex workers (the so-called supply side) have been collected in Milan and Stockholm. An important part of the research is devoting to the different legislation that exists in Italy (abolitionist country) and Sweden (neo-prohibitionist country) and on the effects of existing provisions on sex workers. Moreover, this project looks inside the two countries in order to better understand the effects of these laws in society and public authorities. The project also looks at the working conditions of sex workers. A further gap in most studies, indeed, relates to the analysis of sex work as an actual work and sex workers as workers in the same way of other types of work. If, in a capitalistic market, bodies are tradeable, then can sex work be a legitimate choice? Should we concentrate on the ethical dilemmas of this choice or should we focalise on the benefits that these men can achieve?


  • Department of Gender Studies

Publishing year




Document type

Conference paper: abstract


  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Conference name

Feminist Debates on Migration, Inequalities and Resistance

Conference date

2018-06-19 - 2018-06-21

Conference place

New Paltz, NY, United States