Escort or Prostitute - What Is the Difference?

In most states, an escort and prostitute are different entities with completely different ways of working that could lead to prosecution for one and no charges for the other. However, some states may view an escort as the same as a prostitute and could charge the person for similar crimes as the sex worker no matter how long the person works as an escort.

What Is an Escort

In many circumstances, an escort is either an entertainer or a companion for someone that hires his or her services. The escort does not need to or even have sex available for payment. The entertainment usually is through time and companionship for the day, week or month. The person working as an escort may provide provocative services that do not extend to sex. Additionally, the escort does not usually sell sex as part of the services even if the night may end with this between the two or more parties. This worker usually gives something else through payment such as a date, someone to spend time with or to provide intellectual stimulation.

The Difference in Services

While the escort provides time for payment, the prostitute’s primary goal is to acquire money for sex. The prostitute usually does not have any other services for sale and may not even offer anything other than sex. The form of payment for the escort is generally money, but he or she may accept something else. The escort also will accompany the client to entertaining events such as an opera, to a club or for a dining experience. The prostitute will only provide sexual services in some form based on how much money the client 
will pay.

The Difference in the Escort as a Person

Generally, an escort works to accomplish two goals at the same time. These include acquiring funds for services given to the client and to ensure the client receives satisfaction for the provided services. The escort wants to pleasure the other party by his or her presence, even if it is just to engage in conversation for the night. The need to do anything sexual does not need to enter the situation unless both parties agree to consensual sexual relations. However, the escort wants repeat business or word-of-mouth advertising by ensuring satisfaction with the client. This often requires a very different tactic.

The Difference in the Prostitute as a Person

The primary goal for the prostitute is to receive money quickly and satisfy as many clients as possible to acquire this compensation. Some may have an addiction to drugs or alcohol that is a constant drain to funds. Others will have no personality other than to entice the client into the exchange of money for sex. In most interactions, the prostitute does not provide anything but sexual gratification. In rare cases, the prostitute may kiss or offer conversation. Another major difference is that the sex worker may not take precautions and could spread sexually transmitted diseases. The escort may not even offer sex, but he or she will usually avoid this action by engaging in some form of safe sex.

Differences by Law

Generally, any prostitution that occurs in any state other than Nevada is illegal. The person that provides services is committing a crime along with any client that purchases these services. However, the escort may not commit any crime when providing other services that may not include sex. The exchange of money is not specifically for sex, and the escort often bypasses these legal matters through technicalities. Escorts often work out of a home or hotel as well and can use different locations to entertain guests that may not have anything to do with an exchange of money for sexual services.

The differences between these two types of workers may also change what possible charges may occur from law enforcement. An escort is not usually caught soliciting someone for sexual services in exchange for money or selling sex for compensation. Additionally, an escort may use the internet or other mobile applications to contact clients where most prostitutes will work the streets or attempt to entice others in person. 

Legal Defense as an Escort or Prostitute

The individual charged with involvement in prostitution or escorting may need to hire a lawyer to defend against criminal charges. The lawyer will need to explain the difference and how the accused was not part of a sex crime in the state or that the evidence is invalid in some manner.

Provided by HG.org

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