14% of American Men Have Paid for Sex

C. Price

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C. Price

C. Price is part of's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

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How common is it for the average American man to pay for sex?

A new study coming out of the University of Portland found 14 percent of American men have paid for sex and 1 percent of those men had done so in the previous year.

What’s more, the study found nothing statistically abnormal about the 14 percent of men who reported hiring a prostitute at some point in their lives.

However, the study did find common trends among the 1 percent of men who appeared to seek out prostitutes regularly.


“Fourteen percent of American men have paid for

sex and 1 percent had done so in the previous year.”

These regular “Johns” were more likely than the average American man to be married, white, sexually liberal, hold an advanced degree and earn more than $120,000 a year.

Neither group of men appeared to have any distinguishing psychological characteristics.

Instead, study co-author Dr. Christine Milrod explained why the study may have found certain patterns within regular Johns.

“Privileged men are generally not marginalized or threatened due to their sexual behavior,” she said. “In contrast, customers associated with street prostitution are likely to have fewer financial and social resources and it could be argued that these men are explicitly targeted by law enforcement in marginalized areas or transitional neighborhoods.”

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