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Are Escort Companies Legal?
Definition, Laws & Penalties

All U.S. states, with the exception of Nevada, consider solicitation for prostitution illegal, with both parties potentially being prosecuted if caught. However, escort services are legal so long as they provide companionship without engaging in sexual activity.
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What is an Escort?

Under the law, an escort is allowed to either accompany a client to a social event or provide entertainment in exchange for money. If an escort agrees to sexual conduct or even describes what sexual acts they might perform, they cross the line to soliciting prostitution.

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What is a Brothel?

A brothel is a place where people engage in sexual activity with prostitutes. However, many brothels often describe themselves as massage parlors, bars, strip clubs, body rub parlors, or studios for legal purposes. Sex work in a brothel is typically considered safer than street prostitution.

Are Escort Apps Illegal?

No, because the escort business itself is legal. It is legal to pay for companionship. It is only illegal to pay for sex. As long as the app lists hostesses, not prostitutes, it is legal.

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What is Required to Prove Prostitution?

Prosecutors are required to prove 2 things for a prostitution conviction:

  • Sexual acts
  • Compensation

Sexual acts include traditional sex, sexual touching, sexual intercourse, and oral sex. Compensation is typically money, but may also come in the form of anything valuable such as property, drugs, information, or promises not to arrest the person.

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Penalties for Violating Escort Laws

The penalties for violating escort laws are severe in states where the practice is illegal. Anyone found guilty of breaking these laws can be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries potential fines and jail time. Additionally, individuals who break these laws may also be sued by clients or other parties affected by their actions.

Escort law violation charges range from illegally operating without a valid license or advertising services to engaging in prostitution or using fake IDs when providing escorting services. Furthermore, depriving an individual of their liberty for purposes of pimping, pandering or otherwise exploiting them for commercial sex is a felony charge that could result in decades of imprisonment, the lifelong requirement to register as a sex offender, and steep fines.

The enforcement of escort laws has created an environment where those involved must abide by the law if they wish to stay out of trouble. As such, many feel that these regulations protect vulnerable individuals from exploitation and ensure that legitimate businesses are not defrauded.

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