The Internet Escort’s Handbook

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Lessons From Spitzer

Don’t Use Agencies 1. Don’t use agencies. Though he led authorities to the agency (they were not under investigation otherwise), the rest of the time agencies are busted because they are under investigation – which leads to client records. 2. Don’t use agencies. In the current legal climate of the US, agencies are charged with felonies: pandering, money laundering, tax evasion, violating federal trafficking laws. Because they are an agency these charges are easy to make, difficult to successfully fight. 3. Don’t use agencies. Good agencies that care about their employees’ well-being need to screen clients and this information is saved. It’s responsible — but again, it makes it easy to bring felony charges against them and easy to out clients. Though clients are rarely arrested in agency busts, they are often outed. 4. Don’t use agencies. Good agencies often attract college students or girls who are using this as temporary employment while starting a career. An agency bust often leads to the arrest and outing of its employees. If you have a favorite agency girl, encourage her to go independent (indie). It’s more hassle but may save her future career. Independent Escorts Independent escorts are the way to go. Currently, indies can only break local laws – no felonies involved. (There is the matter of crossing state lines for appointments, but I’m not going to go into detail there.) There is an amended trafficking bill (TVPA) that would make even indies into felons, but it hasn’t come up for vote yet. Most indies who are arrested are thrown in jail, do their time/pay their fine and go on...

Using CraigsList For Business

The high-profile arrest of the people running the HushHush agency in Charlotte, NC has provided the media with a never-ending stream of story ideas. This story illustrates some important points, though. A reporter calls a girl who has an ad on CraigsList. She does not screen and offers details of the sexual services she provides, as well as operating under the mistaken impression that asking if the caller is a cop is some sort of protection. I don’t know where she got her business information – if there’s any place where she did get tips on how to work online. This is part of the reason why police are working CraigsList so hard. It’s very easy pickings. Don’t Ask if They’re an Officer It’s not entrapment if they lie and tell you they’re not law enforcement when they are. Undercover officers are legally allowed to lie about whatever they want, especially the fact they’re a police officer. Don’t even bother asking the question. It shows you have no legal training and will probably give up your rights when arrested (at the very least, you probably don’t have a lawyer on call). And it provides you with no protection. None of your callers are going to be with law enforcement. Why? The ones who aren’t will say so, the ones who are will lie. Many times officers have had sex before making a prostitution arrest. It’s despicable, but is generally excused as being part of their undercover assignment. The law is tilted in favor of law enforcement. Don’t Talk About Sex and Money If you’re an escort, you charge for...

The Fife Ordinance

The town of Fife, Washington (population: 7000), passed a law in December that outlaws using the Internet (or pagers, cell phones and telephones) for the purposes of prostitution. While this law seems mostly aimed at CraigsList (since that’s mostly what everyone is aware of), it still applies to the whole Internet — at least for Fife residents. It does make one wonder just how many sex workers there are in a town of 7000. One hundred? A thousand? Several thousand? I feel this is the beginning of a disturbing trend. Last fall, many newspapers and weekly magazines stopped allowing adult ads. Fife may well start a trend other cities will follow. The effect will not be one of stopping a “problem”; rather it will drive people even further underground and into danger. We’ve seen that again and again with street sex workers when cities decided to “clean up.” Marginalizing and criminalizing does nothing but put the workers in harm’s way. Not that anyone...

Reporters Experiment With CraigsList

Due to the huge amount of media attention that CraigsList has drawn over the past year, a news team decided to try their own experiment. The stunt was to post a “casual encounters” ad of a women looking for no-strings fun. The reporters were astonished when men replied to the ad. Even more disturbing, a lot of the men were actually sounded nice and were looking for a relationship! Imagine that! Looking for a relationship online. Then they posted a fake escort ad in the “erotic services” section, with and without a picture. Not surprisingly, they got a response. (A lot of responses wanted uncovered blowjobs, also not a surprise.) What does all this prove? The media are desperate for as much attention as women posting on CraigsList. Men are looking for sex, both paid and unpaid, on CraigsList. (Then again, men look for sex in men’s bathrooms too.) Men responding to escort ads and asking about specific sex acts are not discreet or smart. Girls who respond to these guys are neither as well. No one seemed to be harmed in the experiment, except perhaps the men who never heard back from someone they hoped would contact them. Sort of exploitative of the reporters, isn’t...

Cops Give Tips to Escort Clients

A Charlotte, NC news station warns clients about the dangers of screening. An escort service was busted a few weeks ago and police have been unraveling their records (and reporters have been writing breathless articles over the investigation). This particular article focuses on the client records the agency kept. It seems the police feel it’s incriminating to clients and, of course, feel that clients submitting personal information isn’t in the clients’ best interests. I have a real problem with this entire article. If the police want to offer escort agencies tips on running their agencies, perhaps they should stop trying to arrest everyone involved. That would be a great start and I think everyone: agencies, escorts, clients — would be happier that way. The police involved in this case are either stupid or playing dumb. Escorts require screening information to 1) make sure their client isn’t a cop and 2) for their own safety since the law doesn’t protect them in any way. Having a client’s real and personal information is the only safeguard escorts have against something bad happening. And if something does go wrong, the client can be arrested (hopefully). (Screening does not stop violence or theft, but it lessens the number of incidents.) Printing propaganda like this just gives clients more ammunition in refusing to give screening info. Escorts have enough difficulties in getting screening information for their own safety. Having the police threaten clients doesn’t do anything to stop men from seeing escorts, it only make the job riskier for escorts. The client risk — which is always low — is even lower if they...

End Violence Against Sex Workers

Today is a day of awareness and memorial for sex workers around the world. Because of the illegal status of sex work and the low status of women in many countries, sex workers are a particular target of violence. (Transgendered sex workers face the same levels of violence as female sex workers.) I don’t have any stats handy right now, but a large number of sex workers have been murdered through 2007 in the US and Canada. Most of these cases will never be solved. (Many other sex workers have simply disappeared and are presumed dead.) And every day sex workers are assaulted (sexually and violently). Their abusers have no fear of being brought to justice. This is only the find an event near you. But awareness of the issue is growing. We can’t actually hope to end violence against sex workers until we erase violence against all women, but at least we can make the world aware that sex workers are humans and deserve basic human rights. Their abuse or loss of life affects more than themselves. It’s easy to join us. SWOP-East is hosting an online vigil and live discussion. Or, if you’d like to physically show your support, carry a red umbrella today or find an event near...

Hushmail Isn’t Private

Last month Hushmail turned over PGP encryption keys to American authorities in a steroid case. Escorts who aren’t steroid users might not be concerned, but it clearly shows that Hushmail, though a Canadian company, is willing to help investigations on suspected criminals. No e-mail system is secure. Assume that every e-mail is being saved and read. Never say anything incriminating in an...

Prostitution in Iraq

A look at how the forces of war cause women to turn to survival prostitution — a choice they would not otherwise have made. The part of the post I found most interesting: As is always the case, the same fanatics who deny women a place in society because of “religion” are the ones who ensure that they can earn money as prostitutes, indeed are much happier with prostitution being the main way that a woman can make money independently of a man, because it allows them to indulge their own dark desires while maintaining their own auras of purity and piety in their public facade. It’s certainly true in the Muslim world. And the hypocrisy — “it allows them to indulge their own dark desires while maintaining their own auras of purity and piety in their public facade” — is certainly true here in the predominantly-Christian US. Although US women have more options to making a living than just prostitution, those who do make their living as prostitutes (whether by choice or necessity), understand the truth of the statement. Is this not what the whole DC Madam scandal is...