Rent Boys

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Player's Club Dios is buzzing. The band is knocking out R.-and-B. Christmas tunes, waiters are bustling around with bottles of whiskey and plates of smoked duck, and the white leather banquettes are crammed with men in dark suits whooping it up with pretty young women. It's just another party spot in a city of party spots, except for one obvious difference: when a drink is poured, it's done by a very deferential man for a woman paying big money for his attentions.

Male-host bars—mirror images of nightspots where giggling girls fawn over inebriated businessmen—have been on the fringe...