Prostitution is completely legal in Austria. Prostitutes must register, undergo regular health checks, be at least 19 years old and pay taxes. Nevertheless, there is a lot of smuggling and forced prostitution here. The terms used for male prostitutes are generally different from those used for women. Some terms vary depending on the clientele or business method. When prostitution is illegal or taboo, it is common for male prostitutes to use euphemisms that describe their business as company, nude modeling or dancing, body massage, or any other acceptable fee agreement. Thus, one can be called male escort, gigolo (involves female clients), rental boy, scammer (more often for those who advertise in public places), model or masseur.  A man who does not consider himself gay or bisexual, but who has sex with male clients for money, is sometimes referred to as homosexual for pay or business. A more outdated term for a man who dressed similarly to sex workers and tried to impersonate a woman is known as a fairy.  It is legal to work in the sex industry in Colombia, but pimping is not. Prostitution is widespread, especially in cities like Cartagena and Barranquilla. Whenever the police have strong grounds to believe that they have been confronted with a case of human trafficking or illegal prostitution, they are legally obliged to intervene immediately.
This is due to the Absoluut Doorlaatverbod, a law introduced by former minister Rouvoet that provides for immediate intervention in cases of suspected human trafficking or illegal prostitution. This could ultimately prevent police from conducting further investigations and building a stronger case against the perpetrator(s). Prostitution itself is legal here, although you are completely ruined if you channel your inner Snoop Dogg and pimp him to fame. There were young men who, in desperation, engaged in sex work in order to earn an income, as many came from the poor and/or working class. However, society understood that any male prostitution could be explained, that heterosexual men from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds were those who did sex work and were willing to be with other men, all to gain a financial foothold, not men who prostituted themselves because they were gay.  Some men turned to prostitution in the hope of getting rich, but others engaged in sex work simply because they wanted to. Pimps were prominent in the scene of selling young men to older men looking for young homosexual relationships.  Sometimes the teens` parents were aware of and supported their children`s actions because they received benefits from older men who paid to have sex with their sons. Other times, the young men hid it and used it as a way to make a lot of money quickly, claiming that they only did it to avoid stealing or reconciling with other young people who fall into criminal life because of poverty.  In the afternoon, we decided to go to Rode Draad, an organization that fights for the interests of male prostitutes. The office is empty and we decide to talk to some of the transsexual and transsexual prostitutes of the Bloedstraat and Barnesteeg. When we finally overcome our fears, all three of us realize that they are kind people with emotions and free will.
They tell us they work independently, but quickly close their doors when a Latino man in a black suit appears behind us. During a break in a marketplace, we are approached by a man who wants to sell us his CD. We start talking and tell him that we are doing a project on male prostitution. He replies, “One of my friends is one!” and gives us his friend`s contact information. We will make an appointment. As a result of these riots, there was greater openness in the community, which allowed for a wider sex market.  Gay publications have increased and sex workers have been able to print advertisements by mail.  Phone calls have become another safe line of business for sex workers. Customers could control their imagination and had security in the fact that they communicated anonymously.  The advent of Hustler Bars provided sex workers with a reliable and constant supply of customers and created a more social atmosphere for them. The bars removed some of the walkers from the street and offered them some protection. In exchange for permission to work in Hustler bars, sex workers would have to sacrifice a fraction of their income. The gay liberation era normalized gay men buying sex from other gay men. Previously, men hid their gender identity because they feared exclusion or harsher punishment from authority figures.