This article was published on April 25th, 2018
Hooking up sexually with someone for money is the oldest profession in the book. Not a lot has changed over the centuries: people still need sex and need a place to get it when ‘normal’ relations one-on-one don’t seem to be working. Escorts are still in high demand, but there are precautionary things escorts can do in order to stay safe while working in the sex industry. Here are some of the risks of being an escort and what you can do to protect yourself.
Know the local laws. Prostitution, as it is often vulgarly labeled, isn’t legal everywhere. Depending on the jurisdiction, you can exchange time for money. For example, go on a date, out for dinner, to the movies, a walk along the beach, have cocktails, etc. If you plan on having sex with someone for money and advertising that you are looking, do not divulge too much information. When arriving at your trick’s house, don’t be afraid to ask them if they are a cop or not. You can easily avoid entrapment by crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s.
Assault is a real risk for escorts. Be careful as to not back yourself into a corner. Let a friend know where you are going. Make sure to be completely open and honest with your trick, trying not to aggravate them. If you sense that thinks could get aggressive or violent, walk away from the situation. Losing out on payment is better than paying for an overnight hospital bill, a police charge, and more.
It’s not uncommon for escorts to be robbed or mugged. Be smart about your tricks: these people are strangers paying you for your time. Bring as minimal as possible with you, including leaving your wallet with most cards/money at home. Keep your phone hidden and in a discreet pocket. And try to keep an eye on all your possessions the entire time.
One of, if not the biggest concern, of escorting should be not catching anything and remaining STI-free. Arming yourself with the right ammunition can help you prevent catching anything. Openly communicate your and their status with your client. Take PrEP to prevent getting HIV. Wear a condom every time you have sex. And routinely see a doctor and get tested so that you stay and remain healthy.
Being an escort can have a lot of advantages. Often times you are able to see and do a lot of extraordinary things that your life back home wouldn’t have necessarily allowed you to do on a schedule that fit you. Be smart about escorting and take care of yourself. It’s a wild, wild world out there!
This article is for information purposes only and not legal advice. HomoCulture does not endorse or encourage pay-for-sex. Prior to engaging in escorting activities, consult local laws to learn if escorting (pay-for-sex) is illegal in the jurisdiction. You could find yourself facing fines or even jail time when exchanging money for sex (both as the client or as the service provider).