Prostitution services' contacts are easily found in many magazines, newspapers and websites.Both heterosexual and homosexual male prostitution also occurs in various settings, ranging from gay bars to discos and beach resorts.Today most men initiate their sexual life at a younger age than in the past, and usually in the context of a relationship, rather than with a prostitute.In the 19th century prostitution was largely contained in well known Bohemian neighbourhoods such as Bairro Alto, Alfama, and Mouraria.
Thus, this could be considered as an example of 'toleration'. According to a Portuguese Government spokesperson, "The Government's opinion was that prostitution was not a crime.
A large share of the males engaged in prostitution in Portugal are also foreigners, especially from Brazil and Africa.
The concept of gigolo is used and is usually linked to male prostitutes with an exclusively female clientele.
As in most other European countries, opinions on sex work and its regulation are sharply divided.
For instance a representative to the 2002 UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women stated that "there was no such thing as voluntary prostitution.