Sex buyers’ attitudes: A study of Toronto’s online "Escort Review Board"


  • Rock Leung Defend Dignity, Mississauga, ON, Canada.
  • Mikhaela Gray-Beerman Defend Dignity, Mississauga, ON, Canada.



prostitution, sex buyer, commercial sex industry, Internet, sexual exploitation, consumer, online community


Many recognize that people who buy sexual services create a demand for services that can lead to exploitation and harms to individuals and communities involved, but little research in the Canadian context has been published to understand these buyers. The present research sought to understand the attitudes of people who buy sex towards people who provide sex services by analyzing comments posted by Toronto Escort Review Board members between April 1 and October 31, 2021. A set of 15 comments were randomly selected for each of 6 searchable characteristics: “young” (age), “spinner” (body type), “ebony” (race), “trans” (gender), “submissive” (disposition), and “greek” (activity). This research reveals an attitude of consumerism in people who buy sex that leverages online communities 1) to select almost any type of person for a sexual experience and 2) get the support of fellow members to help them pursue a desired sexual experience. However, analyzed comments also suggest that members who buy sex generally ignore, consciously or unconsciously, possible exploitation or the impact on the welfare of the individual in the short and long term. Ongoing collaborations between Canadian law makers, the criminal justice system, and health and education sectors are needed to reduce the demand in sex services. This research shows there is much more work to do to confront the consumeristic views of people who provide sex services held by people who buy sex and combat online cultures that promote the exploitation of others. 


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How to Cite

Leung, R., & Gray-Beerman, M. . (2023). Sex buyers’ attitudes: A study of Toronto’s online "Escort Review Board". Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 8(1), 18–22.



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