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Male escorts enjoy booming business during 'homophobic' Republican National Convention

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

Male escorts had a booming business during the Republican National Convention as gay prostitutes were in high demand with closeted Grand Old Party delegates and dignitaries.

A gigolo who usually charges $250 per hour told the New York Post that he has been making around $800 per day while another claimed to have earned $1,600 since the convention started on 18 July.

"Business has been way better. I've seen 10 clients so far," one hustler told Post.

"Most of them were first-timers. You could tell they were nervous, but once they became more comfortable, they seemed to be having a good time."

The clientele is described as mostly married white guys in their 40s. "One of them was from Texas and visiting for the convention. He said he was a politician."

The convention, filled with politicians who openly oppose gay marriage, brought a lot of boom to the male escort business, said one of the professionals.

"When it comes to anything people aren't supposed to be doing, they like to do it," the escort said.

"The Republicans have a lot of delegates in the closet, let's put it that way."

Unexpectedly, the female prostitutes aren't making nearly as much money as their male counterparts. A female sex worker told the Post that business for them was actually slower than usual.

This week, the Republican Party ratified it's most homophobic platform ever, endorsing conversion therapy and bathroom bills and repudiating same-sex marriage and gay adoption.

First published: 24 July 2016, 12:43 IST