What is an Escort?

The word “escort” in the context of employment has many different meanings which are all dependent on interpretation. In this piece, we hope to clear up exactly what makes a person an escort, the services that escorts provide and we hope to contrast escort work to prostitution.

Based on offerings, we can establish that an escort is a worker that sells time to client. During the agreed period, the escort is expected to provide company to the client engaging in agreed activities. These activities may include one or more things such as dating, gaming, attending events, conversation or sexual intercourse. Please note that the examples given are not exhaustive. Since time is sold, billing is usually time based as opposed to activity based. In most cases escorts have hourly rates with discounts being applied for large amounts of hours. The services and associated rates also tend to have two categories which are referred to as incall and outcall. Incall rates, which are generally cheaper, are those which apply to services provided when the customer travels to the location of the escort. Outcall rates, which are higher, are the rates applied for services provided that require the escort to travel to the client.

Escorts do not typically work in brothels or from the street, however, some escorts work via escort agencies (in this case the agencies handle advertisement). On the topic of advertisement, escorts tend to advertise in magazines, on the internet and via agencies as we mentioned before. These advertisements usually give a brief introduction, services provided within the cost, services provided at an additional cost, and contact details. Appointment systems are usually used in escort work and the process begins with discovery. A prospective client will be made aware of an escort via an issued advertisement (or word of mouth). The client will then contact the escort and will attempt to come to an agreement on what is desired. Once an agreement is reached by both parties, arrangements will be made for the location and time. The escort will provide the required service and will then be compensated by the client (and possibly tipped).

Based on what has been explained, parallels can be drawn to the practice of prostitution. So, we will do our best to contrast the two professions by listing some notable differences between them:

  • Sex vs time – Prostitutes sell sex and escorts sell time. Therefore, escorts tend to bill by hour and prostitutes tend to charge based on what sexual favors are required. Escorts can be compensated and no sex has taken place simply because clients do not require it.
  • Advertisement – Prostitutes tend to work in brothels or on the streets where they can approach potential clients and communicate their desire to provide sexual services. Escorts use less direct methods such as the internet and clients respond to the advertisements by calling/e-mailing/messaging the escort.
  • Independence – Escorts tend to work for themselves in most cases and retain all their profits as opposed to prostitutes which often have a pimp that retains a large share of profits
  • Cost – Escort services are usually quite expensive when compared to the sexual services of prostitutes.

Hopefully, this brief piece has shed some light onto what makes a person an escort and why it is a separate profession from prostitution.

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