Table 1

Comparison of sociodemographic characteristics of men seeking sex online and from brothels

Online forums (n=304)Brothels (n=297)
VariableN (%)N (%)p Value
Age
 Mean (SD)33.9 (8.1)44.5 (12.5)
 Median33.547.0<0.001
 Range21–7021–66
Race*
 Chinese278 (91.4)263 (88.9)0.371
 Malay18 (5.9)17 (5.7)
 Indian7 (2.3)13 (4.4)
 Others†1 (0.3)3 (1.0)
Marital status*
 Single156 (51.5)158 (54.1)<0.001
 Married131 (43.2)90 (30.8)
 Divorced16 (5.3)43 (14.7)
 Widowed0 (0.0)1 (0.3)
Housing*
 1–3 Room HDB‡61 (20.1)151 (51.4)<0.001
 4–5 Room HDB157 (51.6)115 (39.1)
 Private/condos/bungalows86 (28.3)28 (9.5)
Education*
 Primary or less1 (0.3)113 (39.2)<0.001
 Secondary§164 (54.3)156 (54.2)
 University137 (45.4)19 (6.6)
Occupation*
 Professional, businessmen, managers155 (51.0)48 (16.2)<0.001
 Technicians, service staff, taxi drivers78 (25.7)77 (25.9)
 Labourers, construction workers2 (0.7)74 (24.9)
 Others¶69 (22.7)98 (33.0)
  • Results are shown as number (%) unless stated otherwise.

  • HDB flats. The different room types are used as a proxy indicator of socioeconomic status.

  • *Excludes missing values.

  • †Includes Caucasian, Sinhalese and other ethnic groups.

  • ‡HDB apartments refer to public housing flats, lived in by >80% of Singaporeans.

  • §Includes initial teacher education, junior college and polytechnic level of education.

  • ¶Includes uniform personnel, students and unemployed.

  • HDB, Housing Development Board.