What exactly is an “escort”?

Sex is one of life’s most ancient pleasures and it’s no wonder there is so much business surrounding the practice. One of these activities is prostitution, considered to be one of the oldest professions in the world, essentially because the working tool does not have to go through technological refinement: it is the body itself.

Again prostitution is legal in many countries, Are not some of the practices, for example, attracting customers to the street. This profession does not enjoy great social acceptance and tends to discredit, however, more people who trade with their bodies than the Mafias who are often behind them. The stigma of these people is part of the business and the type of product offered.

Fruit of this stigma, lately the term luxury escort has become popular (Or high standing) which enjoys a better reputation than classic prostitutes. What exactly does this “label” change mean?

    Prostitution is an ancestral practice

    Prostitution is the exchange of “sexual favors” for goods usually money, and has been practiced since ancient times. In ancient Mesopotamia, priests had sex with prostitutes. In ancient Greece, brothels were legal and served to accommodate political leaders and men who enjoyed privileges. Prostitution was also common in ancient Rome and generally consisted of the trade in women.

    In the Middle Ages and the 19th century, prostitution was not uncommon, as legal brothels operated across much of Europe and were a major source of tax revenue. Today, prostitution is legal in many countries; But, social stigma continues to exist. As we will see, this stigma is used to understand the existence of escorts from a psychological point of view.

    Differences between escorts and prostitutes

    Often, when we think of prostitutes, we can imagine a woman having sex to pay for her drug addiction or because she is in a precarious situation. Ultimately, this practice is historically linked to poverty and the most vulnerable people, in the vast majority of cases, or directly to slavery.

    However, the escort figure aims to break with these ideas and beliefs about this class of sex workers. The concept of “escort” is associated with women of great beauty, mostly with studies, and able to offer interesting conversations or even act as companions for certain social events. The idea is basically to go beyond the sexual act itself when it comes to selling the body; the service includes the possibility of experimenting something that looks like a real emotional relationship.

    Not everyone is very clear on the difference between an escort and a prostitute, as they may offer similar (but not identical) services. Basically, escorts usually provide services that a prostitute does not. Prostitutes tend to charge less and their services are closely related to sexual practice. In the case of escorts, they can have sex with clients, but they can also simply accompany them during events, parties or business trips.

    Perhaps the main difference between prostitutes and escorts is that the latter can perform escort services, that is, they can attend social events with their clients. In other words, they don’t limit their work to one or two hours, but to entire nights, days and even weekends.

    Sometimes they can travel with their clients for several days and may or may not have sex. In other words, an escort is a paid escort and does not necessarily have sex with its clients. The price of an escort is usually more expensive, which already indicates the type of psychological load that the concept of escort has and how does this relate to stigma.

      The stigma that explains this profession

      As we have seen, both prostitution and the practice of escorts belong to the domain of sex workers. However, what this says the most about what an escort is is the fact that it is a service designed simply to differentiate itself from prostitution, an area in which there is a great diversity of practices without everyone needs to stand out. different label to explain their work.

      In other words, technically, between the work of a prostitute and an escort, there is no difference that cannot be found between two random sex workers. The difference between these two professions it has to do with classism.

      Basically, the escort is a person who goes through a marketing filter that eliminates all the elements of prostitution linked to poverty: precariousness, ignorance, etc. This causes the perpetuation of the stigma attached to prostitution (for some reason the only way out is not to belong to the lower class) and at the same time serves to give the feeling that the escort has had complete freedom when it comes to accepting and rejecting clients, Something that brings him closer to a royal couple.

      What is an escort? A question of classism

      To hire an escort it is usual to go to a contact page (usually on the Internet), where it is clear that they are trying to give a good image to seduce men with high purchasing power: Escorts are considered high level prostitutes. Traditional prostitutes, although they may also advertise their services on the Internet or on contact pages and come to the client’s home, may find themselves offering their services in the middle of the street, on the road and in the street. “clubs”.

      These are practices associated with the lower classes, and although for centuries it was no problem for the wealthy to turn to them, the emergence of human rights and the rejection of secret forms of slavery. have made the stigma can be bi-directional: For prostitutes and for those who hire their services. In the face of this, the mechanism for protecting people with resources has been to use classism, to create another profession from what has been known for centuries.

      The expensive and fancy escorts act as a retaining wall for stigma, making them only relocated to people who they can’t afford the freedom to turn into luxury prostitutes. The response to the human rights violations implicated in trafficking in women and mafia exploitation is not to end the problem, but to change the name of the services you hire.

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