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Fewer men say they are paying for sex

By: Stephanie Guadian

A new survey finds fewer men are paying for sex. But not everyone agrees on why this is happening.

New technology is giving the oldest profession in the world some hefty competition. That's one theory explaining why fewer men say they are paying for sex.

"Everything is free now. Online, Internet you know. Email, Joe snuff, Jane blue and Jane come over. It's free," says Billy Sipiliano.

The General Social Survey is a project of the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. Information is used to track shifts in society.

In this survey, researchers asked men the question: Have you ever paid or been paid for sex? The L.A. Times reports 17 percent of the men surveyed between 1991 and 1996 answered yes. But last year, that number dropped to 9.1 percent.

Stephanie Henry is a former Dallas stripper.

"When you buy sex -- that's a secret. And I think people are starting to talk, and speak up," said Henry.

Henry was never a prostitute -- but she witnessed plenty of men paying for sex at strip clubs. She now works to stop sex trafficking around the globe.

"They are really cracking down on the sex offenders registry. They are really adding everyone in. And they are making it very difficult for people to not be in the light," said Henry.

According to the survey, Older men are more likely to say they have bought sex. The younger guys -- not so much.

El Paso's Mia Gardner has a theory.

"Maybe people are more comfortable getting marriage counseling. Or maybe they are more comfortable talking to their spouses. It's not just you go to the kitchen and make me a sandwich. And I'm going to watch football. It's like, hey I'm kind of grumpy, can you talk to me," said Gardner.

Or perhaps men just really do have a lot more options these days.

"Websites are one of them. Yes, that's definitely a plus. Otherwise, they are lying," said Yolanda Favela.



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