Julie bindle wrote an article in the Guardian about called “Why men pay use prostitutes” http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/jan/15/why-men-use-prostitutes this was based on a study involving a hundred or so interviews that can be seen here:
I have to say for may part I didn’t really like the article. It seemed to be picking out inflamatory comments and presenting them insolation to generate a shock effect.
As an interesting source to provide context to this is another study from Steven Levitt & co.
I don’t much like Levitt either, he always seems to have the tone of someone smirking about what a wacky idea his study is and how much it’ll annoy his stuffy contemporaries. His study does provide a useful context in terms of of data for considering some of your conjecture against.
I’m sure there are many interesting questions here but one I picked out was “are pimps exploiting women or protecting them?” Bindle doesn’t specifically cover this but the indication is that men involved in the trade are exploitative. Levitt seems to find that pimps have a positive influence.
Anyway, I’ll post a bit more on this when I have time. In the meantime comments welcome and we might all learn something.