In 2014, the Howard League for Penal Reform published a report on sex between inmates and staff in England and Wales, which found both male and female prisoners had sex with each other and staff in exchange for favors. These results could be skewed due to prisoners wanting to give the idea they are or aren’t having sex with fellow inmates; women may want to project one image, men another.
A former prison worker who spent time in both a men’s and women’s facility noted the only concrete thing about the report was it’s notation that women were more open about sex than men.
The main difference when it comes to sex in a male and female prison is the level of openness. There were male inmates that would have sex together, and there were male inmates that would have sex with male members of staff. But this was something that was generally frowned upon due to the level of machismo that is prevalent in mainstream society. Some inmates would get involved in sexual relationships but it was never spoken about openly.