About half of Ghanaian men who have been in homosexual relationships have gay sex "for economic reasons," even though only about one percent regarded themselves as commercial sex workers, according to Attipoe's study.
Caucasians and foreigners from developed countries are the priority customers for men who have sex purely for economic reasons because of the belief they will pay more, and may be the key to "greener pastures," the study said.
Their online profiles differ slightly from those users who are looking for genuine companionship and are distinguishable by their glamorous photos of American porn stars and requests or hints for money and gifts.
"While there are a lot of players, scammers and crooks on Mygaydar and other such sites, I have been of the opinion that these guys are easy to spot," Steve said.
Ghanaian prostitutes are proud, even as they hide out in corners and in streets, Antwi said.
However the majority of sex workers are immigrants from Nigeria, most from the war and crime ridden areas of that country.
A lifeguard at Labadi Beach, who one minute rescued swimmers from the water's deadly undertow, could be seen the next minute acting as a sort of prostitute waiter, taking orders from white male customers on the beach.
"That's their beach," said local salon owner Joyce Antwi, who often sees prostitutes soliciting customers around her shop."Many of my gay friends I have chatted to discovered they had feelings for other men long before they ever set eyes on a white man or read about it," said K.Mensah, a Ghanaian columnist who uses a nom de plume to hide his identity.Paunchy and sunburned white men frequent tourist spots like Labadi Beach and Coco Beach to admire the muscular black men who play soccer on the shore.Some enterprising young men who see lustful visitors as a way to make quick money often approach these men with invitations for sex, sometimes pushing aside their own heterosexuality.For some men that means selling the only resource they have—their bodies.