What is an escort? The meaning of escorting and sex work

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What is an Escort?

Escorting is a term used to describe a professional companion who is paid to provide non-sexual companionship services. An escort is typically hired for events, social engagements, dinners, and dates where company is needed, but for whatever reason, the client does not have a suitable partner. Escorting services can also provide more intimate services, including sex work.

Services Provided By an Escort

The services offered by an escort depend upon the individual providing the services, and the client’s preference. Many escorts offer non-sexual services, such as companionship and conversation, making them travel companions, event dates, and social escorts. Other escorts may offer sexual services in exchange for additional compensation

• Conversation and Companionship. Engaging conversation, providing company, and social engagements are all potential services that an escort may provide. This may include activities such as attending events, going to dinner, or other activities. These are intended to be non-sexual in nature, and do not involve any sexual activities.

• Sexual Services. Depending upon the particular escort and the client, certain services may be available that involve sexual gratification. These services are most commonly referred to in the adult industry as “adult services”, and involve anything varying from a massage or lap dance, to full on intercourse and other sexual activities. Escorts providing these services typically charge additional fees for the services.

Ethics and Professionalism of Escorting

The escort industry is highly regulated and professional. This is in order to ensure the safety and well-being of both the client and the escort, and to protect both from criminal activity.

• Screening. Reputable escort agencies perform criminal background checks on their employees, ensuring that the client is not dealing with someone with criminal records. This allows clients to feel safer and more comfortable when engaging with an escort.

• Contracts. The escort and client will also enter into a contract, wherein the escort agrees to provide certain services, in exchange for an agreed upon fee. This provides a level of protection and assurance that the services will be provided as agreed upon.

• Professionalism. The escort isn’t simply paid to engage in intimate activities with a client – they are also paid to provide services with a certain level of professionalism. This means being courteous, polite, and discreet. The escort industry is founded upon trust and communication between both the client and the escort, so interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

The Stigma Surrounding Escorting

Due to its close relationship with the sex industry, escorting is a stigmatized profession in many cultures. This has led to young people, particularly women and Trans individuals of color, entering the escorting industry as a form of survival. To counter the stigma and negative connotations associated with escorting, organizations have been created to support escorts, through providing educational materials, health and legal assistance, and creating platforms where escorts can connect with each other and support one another.

Conclusion

Escorting is a complex but important profession that allows people to earn a living in a safe and professional environment. It is often misunderstood and stigmatized, but through understanding more about it, we can help create a future where escorting is seen as legitimate and respectable profession.

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