6 Gender Myths in the Bedroom & Beyond] Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science.She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics.Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Secret Service is running an internal investigation of its alleged involvement in a prostitution scandal in Colombia, even as rumors fly about visits by the President's security detail to strip clubs dating back as far as the Clinton administration.

True or not, the allegations bring up an obvious question: Why would these men risk their jobs to buy sex?

In fact, research shows that men who buy sex do so for a variety of reasons, many of which vary by culture.

Social acceptance of prostitution makes it more likely for men to seek out prostitutes, as do certain sexual attitudes. "One of the motivations behind seeking prostitutes for some men is that there's something exciting or risky about it," said Martin Monto, a sociologist at the University of Portland who has researched prostitution.

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"The illicit nature of it can make it more exciting." Prevalence of prostitution "Johns" — or men who visit prostitutes — are not easy to study, given the secretive and often illegal nature of their sexual habits.

Researchers have traditionally focused on the supply side of the prostitution equation, interviewing sex workers and trying to understand how women get into the business.