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Prostitution and the law
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Those who don't know any better often think that prostitution is illegal in the UK. It isn't.
Of course there are some laws pertaining to selling or buying sex but for a woman it is legal to offer sexual services for money. What is illegal are brothels or parlours (same thing, people just think parlour sounds better!) - to be more precise owning or managing a brothel is illegal. In fact once two women are working in the same place it technically becomes a brothel. So if I had two bedrooms and let one room out to another escort it would be illegal as I would be profiting from prostitution. Don't get me started on the ridiculousness of this law, surely women working together would be safer...? In the same way if a boyfriend managed me and took a cut of my earnings that would make him a pimp and what he was doing illegal. Soliciting in a public place is illegal, so that means I can't stand on a street corner or go to a hotel bar and offer my services for money. The internet does not count as a public place so this website and the directories I am listed on online is all good too. I could't put a sign up on my front door though!
It is an offence to pay for sex with a prostitute who has been “subjected to force” and this is a strict liability offence and clients can be prosecuted even if they didn’t know the prostitute was forced. Ignorance is no defence!
And finally, it is illegal to buy sex from a person younger than 18, although the age of consent for non-commercial sex is 16.So there we go, the law in a nutshell.However, across the pond prostitution is illegal apart from in a few counties in Nevada. and these counties tend to be rural, in fact only 10% of Nevada residents actually live in a country where brothels are legal.
I met a client a couple of weeks ago who had lived in the states for 30 years and he asked about the legality and was surprised to learn what I was doing was perfectly legal. I was also swapping messages with an online friend called Annie in New Orleans who works as an escort. I read her blog so was vaguely aware that what she was doing was illegal and that making and taking bookings is more complicated than it is over here.
For a start the way she has written her website reflects the law. Here it is- do have a look and I have asked her permission to link her here. The main differences between mine (and indeed most UK escort's websites) are that she describes herself as a professional companion and a courtesan, the photos whilst sexy are certainly not revealing or porny, no types of sexual service are discussed and she states that she does not accept money for sexual acts. Whilst it is fairly obvious what she is, she has not actually incriminated herself as she said herself "if they're looking to arrest someone, it is easier to go after a girl who has has incriminating shit on every page of her site".
The biggest difference between booking a UK and a US escort is that both parties need to go through a screening and reference process. Because of the law noone wants to get caught up in a sting so both parties need to be sure the other is genuine. To accept a booking Annie requires 2 provider references (i.e. a reference from another escort with links to her email and website OR the man's full name, employer name with company email or phone number OR contact through a site called P411 which is basically a paid for service where clients and service providers become verified.
I can't imagine many of my clients willing to give their full name and place of work, but I suppose it's what you're used to. however, I do think there is some merit in the references from other women in terms of safety and wheedling out timewasters... I bet Annie gets less of them than me seeing as her chaps have to jump through hoops to secure a booking! In the UK reviews on various punting websites and Adultwork are a great way to increase business and for people to see that you are genuine and that the women actually do what they say they do, but in America this is a double edged sword. As Annie says "... reviews are incriminating--graphic descriptions of the ILLEGAL activities and the date and location and price and length of session, the girl's contact info, pictures of her, etc. it makes a cop's job so much easier."
Finally, just to add a WTF... Until a few months ago, performing or agreeing to perform oral or anal sex for money in the state of Louisiana landed providers on The Sex Offender Registry, the public list of child molesters and rapists that gets sent out to everyone's house in the neighborhood. These women had to go around and leave notes in mailboxes with their pictures an addresses and everything, saying that they were sex offenders. Of course when people hear "sex offender," they think "child rapist." Once on the registry, it is nearly impossible to find housing or a straight job, and you will lose custody of your children, and you can't live near a school, and it is nearly impossible to get social services...
I guess it makes me feel lucky that whilst sex work in the UK carries a certain stigma and despite the stupid archaic law that won't allow women to work together for safety at least it is much easier for us Brits to keep within the law.
Prostitution laws in the UK
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