A well known case is Phaedo of Elis who was captured in war and forced into slavery and prostitution, but was eventually ransomed to become a pupil of Socrates; Plato's Phaedo is told from his perspective.
Male brothels existed in both Ancient Greece and ancient Rome.
The terms used for male prostitutes generally differ from those used for females.
Some terms vary by clientele or method of business.
Well-known areas for street "hustlers" have included: parts of 53rd Street in New York City; Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles; Cypress Street in Atlanta; Piccadilly Circus in London; "The Wall" in Sydney's Darlinghurst; The Drug Store and Rue Sainte-Anne in [Paris; Polk Street Gulch in San Francisco; and Taksim Square in Istanbul.
Thus one may be referred to as a male escort, gigolo (implying female customers), rent-boy, hustler (more common for those soliciting in public places), model, or masseur.
The following categorization of the male prostitute is not exhaustive: Professional escorts (indoor sex workers) often advertise on male escorting websites, usually either independently or through an escort agency.
Such sites can face legal difficulties; in 2015, – a well-known American site – was shut down by the United States Department of Homeland Security and its operators charged with facilitating prostitution and other charges.
These areas tend to be risky for both the client and the prostitute, from a legal perspective when it is in a region where street prostitution or solicitation is prohibited by law, or also from a safety perspective.
These areas may be targets for surveillance and arrests by law enforcement.A man who does not regard himself as gay or bisexual, but who has sex with male clients for money, is sometimes called gay-for-pay or trade.