One in nine men have paid for sex, a major study of British sexual habits has found.
The majority visited sex tourism hubs like Bangkok and Amsterdam, BBC News reported Tuesday.
Most were single, young professionals rather than “lonely older men”, the study showed.
Researchers at University College London analyzed data from the Third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles.
Their report, in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, said paying for sex was linked with other “hedonistic and risky behaviors”, including binge drinking and drug use.
Just one in 1,000 of the women aged 16-74 polled had paid for sex, but 11 percent of the men said they had ever done so.
Of the 6,108 men surveyed, 3.6 percent said they had paid for sex in the past five years and 1.1 percent in the past year.
The men who had paid for it had more than double the number of sexual partners on average – 32 compared with 14.
Lead researcher Dr Cath Mercer told the BBC: “I think I was most surprised that it is not paid partners making up most of the total, but they are having more partners generally.
“These men tend to be highly sexually active.”
The men who had paid for sex in the past five years were twice as likely to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection such as HIV, syphilis or gonorrhoea, the report said.
Those who were most likely to have paid for sex recently were in their late 20s and early 30s.
They were also more likely to be single, have a managerial or professional job or use drugs.
Nearly two-thirds of them reported paying for sex abroad, with Europe and Asia as major destinations.
Mercer said the findings broke the stereotype of the “lonely older man” paying for sex.
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