Former male prostitute Rich Holcomb has started a program In Rhode Island to offer a way out for male sex workers.
Edge New England has the story:
In the summer of 2010, Holcomb surveyed 50 men who have earned money hustling on the streets of Providence. He has started a program dedicated to reaching out to male sex workers-Project Weber, named in honor of Roy Weber, a 19 year old hustler who was found dead on Christmas Day in 2003. Weber’s murder remains unsolved.
Male sex workers work night and day on the streets of downtown, around the Amazing adult bookstores and areas around the Mega-Plex bathhouse. They typically range in age from 18 to 55.
“One participant was badly beaten and bruised from a random assault by several men from the night before and many appeared malnourished and sick with ripped and unwashed clothing,” recalled Holcomb.
His research also showed that most male sex workers consider themselves heterosexual and only sell themselves for drugs-and many want to stop using. “They have no home, no families,” added Holcomb. “They don’t know how to break the cycle.”
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