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How Much Are China’s Male Prostitutes ‘Selling Smiles’ For?

There’s no material difference between what male sex workers like Jo-Vanni Roman in the United States do, versus their counterparts in China. But there, in cities like Shanghai, the vast network of “money boys” is operated by fly-by-night websites and mobile phone numbers, where out-call “massages” are offered for about USD$73 for a “quickie” or $88 for the whole night. It’s a business of “selling smiles,” as it’s known, and involves workers moving from one crowded house to another, to keep clientele from viewing the offerings as stale. At least one pimp claims to take only about $15 per service rendered, a decent fee compared to America’s small businessmen. In a good month, prostitution will earn a worker around $300 — about twice the national average for all Chinese workers.

The story reporter Xing Zhao tells isn’t exactly new, as the below Current segment shows. But Zhao does reveal what’s being done to assist male sex workers, such as assisting them with STD treatment.

By:           Ryan Tedder
On:           Jun 30, 2010
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  • 7 Comments
    • Revemupman
      Revemupman

      Only 88 bucks?

      Thought they’d be worth a lil more.

      Jun 30, 2010 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      $73.00 for a “quickie” and $88.00 for the whole night? Aren’t most of the calculators made in China?? :-p

      Jun 30, 2010 at 11:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lamar
      Lamar

      WOW men are exploited too, I could swear it was only women …

      Jun 30, 2010 at 11:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Revemupman
      Revemupman

      Now lets check the womens rates and see who’s really oppressed shall we?

      Jun 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LivinginChina
      LivinginChina

      If you are using the source article for all your data, you’ve made an error about salaries. From the source article, it says on a good month they make ¥20,000, which is about $3,000. On the low side is ¥2,000, which is $300, and $300 is about the national average salary per month.

      So they CAN make up to $3,000/month which is 10x the national average! That’s more than I make, and I work here in Beijing… maybe I’ll have to take it up…

      Jun 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve in Shanghai
      Steve in Shanghai

      Am also in China.

      $3,000 a month is def the top end of the scale. US equivalent would def be the type of high-class call girl who gets caught with a New York senator.

      Most of the out call boys operating as “massage therapists” are targeting the foreign tourist market and the $88 price tags are quite hi.

      At the clubs here you’ll see the money boys out and about and they’ll offer you rate much lower than $88. Its kinda sad.

      Not all chinese boy do this. But an experience that alot of my friend have had when they approach a chinese boy in a bar or club is that hey will try and charge the foreigner money, just cause they think we are made of money, to see if they can get anything. These tend to be the country boys from out of the city and may not actually be actively working as prostitutes.

      Jul 1, 2010 at 3:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Starlone
      Starlone

      There’s a Japanese photographer who lures boys from the countryside, who look like they haven’t eaten in days, and pays them a miniscule amount to photograph them. These young guys have no idea that their photos are then placed on his website: Asian Boy Models. I just hope someone reports him to the Chinese Government. A bullet in the back of the neck costs less than a dollar these days.

      May 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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