However, Van Sant said “all types of guys” advertise on the site.
With such a variety of clients seeking companionship, Daniels -- who recently published a tell-all memoir about his experiences as an escort -- said connecting deeply with the men who hire him (and their whims and eccentricities) can make the job "exhausting.” "This is an industry where people want so much of you," he said.
scorts say that establishing and upholding boundaries -- whether physical, sexual or emotional -- is critical for their well-being and success in the industry. Porn mogul Michael Lucas, founder of gay porn company Lucas Entertainment, said that perhaps the "biggest challenge facing escorts is the 24/7 nature of the job." "Most escorts become slaves of their work.
Alternatively, he could’ve reached out to escort agencies, where rent boys pay a fee to be listed on the roster. Exchanging money for a night of intimacy may still be taboo, but thanks to sites like Rentboy.com, it’s never been easier -- or safer -- to do.
As a result, industry insiders say, more people than ever are hiring rent boys.
(The oldest escort on the site is 64.) The site is free for clients and those who merely want to gawk, and other than a monthly fee -- between $30 and $60 -- that escorts pay to post their ads, doesn’t levy any other charges. “Most people work in the industry so they don’t have to [return to it],” former escort Hawk Kinkaid explained.