Lies, damned lies and statistics?
April 11, 2012 12:57 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to find the primary source of a much-repeated, but somewhat dubious, statistic.
This recent NYT article
posted by Skeptic to Society & Culture (17 answers total)
has been the last to repeat a statistic that I find somewhat difficult to believe: namely that 39% of all Spanish men admit to having paid for sex. As a Spanish man who has never gone to a prostitute, and is not about to do so, I'm somewhat sceptical, even if I do reckon that prostitution is quite rampant in my home country. I have traced back that stat, through this UN report
, to this 14-year-old research paper: The Europeans and Their Sexual Partners
by H Leridon, G Van Zessen, M Hubert, Peter Aggleton
I'd be ready to pay to order or download that paper. However, it seems all but unavailable online. Can someone help me? Does that 39% figure really appear in that paper? Does the paper say how and when it was measured?