Sexuality Research and Social Policy

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 239–250 | Cite as

Elite Prostitution in Bulgaria: Experiences and Practices of Brokers

  • Georgi PetrunovEmail author


The article focuses on a specific form of high-end prostitution, referred to as elite prostitution. Its clients are representatives of the economic, political, sports, and criminal elite, and sex workers are often popular figures, such as models and dancers. A key actor in elite prostitution is the broker, whose network of contacts encloses this form of sex for sale. The primary interest of this paper is precisely the experience and perspective of the brokers. Presented are the results of empirical research with six elite prostitution brokers in Bulgaria, examining their histories of entering elite prostitution, business models, relations with sex workers and clients, and the brokers’ advertising strategies. Drawing upon the results of the study, the author discusses the typical characteristics of elite prostitution, its modus operandi, the significant role of brokers in this segment, and its potential to be influenced by public policies related to prostitution.


Elite prostitution Social networks Brokers Clients of sex work Polymorphous paradigm Bulgaria Eastern Europe 


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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economic SociologyUniversity of National and World EconomySofiaBulgaria

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