First we would like to answer a very important question:
Are escorts legal? Yes, escorts are legal.
How so? Escorts, unlike prostitutes, are paid for their time and companionship. Anything that happens within this time is a private matter of consenting adults. One of the challenges of escorting is staying within the limits of escorting, and the text below helps define these limits.
As an escort, not only are you looking to promote your business, but you’re also looking for ways to ensure that you and your business do not catch the eye of the legal authorities.
Being an escort is not illegal, and you are not breaking any laws by performing escort-related services. However, any acts of prostitution or solicitation of acts of prostitution is illegal in most of the United States. Other countries are generally more relaxed about prostitution and have friendlier laws concerning the activity.
Blatantly breaking laws is one way to get yourself in trouble. The differences between escorting and prostitution are sometimes subtle, but with some thought, consideration and common sense, you should be able to keep yourself out hot water and operating a successful business.
- Create a contract
- Write a contract that briefly describes your business. It should inform the client that your personal services are related exclusively to modeling or exchanging time as a companion for a fee. This contract should outline that anything outside of the personal services you have detailed are instances of personal choice or preference between two or more consenting adults of legal age and not for compensation in any way or form nor are contractable now or in the future.
By creating a contract, you specifically define your role as an escort and exclude anything that is illegal. Require each client to sign it before services are rendered. Clients are usually happily inclined to sign such a contract, as it works to protect them from future discrepancies with the authorities, as well.
- Ask for a donation
- If you are uncomfortable with the idea of a contract for your business, use a donation method. Remember that most states define prostitution as accepting money as compensation for sexual services delivered to another person. To avoid the compensation debacle altogether, ask for a contribution or donation for your personal services as an escort. Do not refer to the charge as a fee or cost.
- How to accept money
- As an escort, you will be accepting money for your time. The best way to accept a donation is to have a small table near your apartment door, if you are working from your own apartment. As your client enters, ask him or her to leave the money in an envelope on the table. Ask them, “Do you have an envelope for me? Just leave it on the table there, please!” At that point, suggest that they “freshen up” in the washroom. As he or she is in the washroom, quickly examine what has been left for you. In this fashion, you have deniability about the direct transfer of money for your services.
A different situation arises if you are visiting a client in a hotel room or other location. Keep in mind that some clients will be very uncomfortable with going into the washroom and leaving an escort alone in their hotel room with their belongings. This is completely understandable, as you both are strangers. A strategy to avoid this awkward situation is to request the client to place the envelope in a location that’s right next to the washroom. As you ask them to enter the washroom, say, “Feel free to keep the door cracked open so you can hear me right here. I’ll be coming in 30 seconds; I just need to check something first.”
- Familiarize yourself with the law
- Read up on state law concerning prostitution and other related violations. Knowledge is power, and the more you know the better you can protect yourself from legal trouble. As an escort, you should clearly understand what prostitution means in your state.
- Become a masseuse
- Instead of calling yourself an escort, become a masseuse. Massages are legal in all 50 states in the U.S. and are easy to advertise. It is generally very easy to become a masseuse in each state, with limited licensing formality. Being a masseuse also helps in regard to creating a contract.Please click here to see general licensing requirements for becoming a masseuse.
However, read up on any laws that may concern contact with another individual. Your massage descriptions should avoid discussion of erotic massage or massages involving the genital or intimate areas on an individual.
- Pay Uncle Sam
- One of the easiest ways to attract legal attention to yourself and your business is to fail to file taxes and report income. The IRS can easily track everyone down, and by not paying taxes you may be waving a red flag in their eyes.
File taxes and report your income as compensation for rendering personal services. Personal assistants, housekeepers and cosmetologists report income for personal services for other people; and, you can, too.
The downside to this strategy is that you must pay taxes. However, every legitimate business is required to pay taxes, and as an escort, remember that you are running this type of business.
- Avoid street walking
- Never take your business to the street. By standing on a street corner, hovering around a bus station or hanging out at a truck stop, you might as well be telling a police officer that you are a prostitute. The message is very clear to law enforcement officers when they see someone loitering and stopping passers-by.
It is much safer and simpler to promote your escort business online.
- Go big city
- Move your business to a large city. It’s much easier to fly under the radar and go unnoticed if you’re working in a large, metropolitan city. With cities that have populations of 750,000 or more, you’re less likely to attract attention.
Additionally, large population means a larger potential client base, plus you will be less likely to run into someone you know.
- Don’t proposition
- Escorts should never start the conversation about business. Always allow the client to bring up requests, money offers and anything else that should be discussed prior to doing business. By making the offer or explaining the details, you may break prostitution solicitation laws, which can cause you problems.
- Stay quiet
- Keep your career choice quiet. There’s no need to share what you do with everyone. The fewer people who know what you really do, the better. Even though people may not mean any harm, information can sometimes be incidentally shared with the wrong person or in the wrong company. By keeping mum about your career, you reduce the chances of any legal backlash.
- Become a legitimate business
- Register with your city or municipality and state for a small business license and obtain an escort permit. After completely filling out all paperwork, you will receive a business ID number and the legitimacy of being a real business. Worries about your escort business being found to be illegal are lessened when the city and state both recognize your business as legal.
Of course, just because you have a legal license does not mean you are above the law. You should still operate your business cautiously and with subtleness.
- No guarantees
- There is no guarantee that following any of these strategies will shield you from all legal risks involved in working as an escort. It is important to always be cautious, not reveal more than necessary, and to refuse service to anyone if something doesn’t feel right.