Assume or imagine you are a "money is no object" Silicon Valley executive looking for "play for pay" sex. Which of these two escorts would you choose: Alix Tichelman who at age 26 looks like she might be 44?
Tichelman is accused of basically murdering Forrest Hayes, a rich Google executive, via a drug overdose. Her boyfriend died a while ago under similar circumstances. Are there no more attractive call girls in the Silicon Valley or do you think his problem was needing/wanting to find one who was a source for heroin? Did he crave a "goth" experience with a girl with a crummy/slummy heroin-chic look? Like many of the men who use escorts, Hayes had a wife and children. Did he feel his life was too conventional? Had his marriage become sexless?
Certainly, a Google executive in the Silicon Valley would have had many very attractive escorts to choose from. In the course of my career, I've known a small number of models who were also doing escorting, and all of them had more native appeal, at least in conventional terms, than Tichelman. Two of those weren't even remotely "high end" in terms of their business plan. They were just Craigslist/Backpage escorts. Another one, age 19 at the time and an attractive redhead, worked for a high-end escort service in Los Angeles and fetched $1000 an hour for a few months until she caught genital herpes.
If there were a law requiring prostitutes at all levels to be licensed anonymously to eliminate those with seriously shady pasts, who are using heavy drugs, or who are carrying communicable diseases, do you think it would be a good thing?
Since when did you meet a prostitute who doesn't have a drug problem?
I would have thought that not many men get to spend $1000 an hour on female company.
It seems that you, like most people, get their "information" about prostitution from TV documentaries about streetwalkers being run by pimps.
That is a large part of the world of prostitution, but much of that does not reply to the self-employed high-end part of the business.
If someone is a prostitute, it does not follow ipso facto that they are hooked on drugs.
And, hey, wait a sec. Where am I supposed to place the stress on that first sentence? "Since when did YOU meet a prostitute who doesn't have a drug problem?"
How could we initiate anonymous legislation to do background checks on hookers? You would have to keep an updated record of some sort with the actual names of the participants.
Fantasy sex has nothing to do with whether the prostitute is good looking or not. It's more about whether the hooker is willing to play the role you desire (whips, bondage, whatever).
Silly! Of course the prostitute would have to identify herself to those investigating her, but that would be as far as it goes. On her license would be her status and her professional name. Only in the database would her real name be correlated with the name she gives to clients. And of course if she failed approval she wouldn't have a license, and her client would know that he'd be taking his chancs with an unlicensed practitioner.
The database would be a government database. I can see cops contributing some of the information but not having full access to info without a court order.
I think giving sex workers more respect (and protection) to be a civilizing thing.
The database with the personal data would not be publicly accessible and might even be designed to keep even those doing the vetting to correlate real names with professional names to help prevent official abuse.
As to whether cops could use escorts, they probably couldn't afford the high-end ones, but if prostitution is legal, they are citizens just like everyone else, aren't they?
To be clear about review sites, the truly high-end escorts aren't there in the reviews. They get their business two ways: word-of-mouth and high-end escort services, though they try to avoid using agencies if they don't need them. The more privacy and anonymity the better.
Who is the high-end escort? Generally, she's brighter than average and an entrepreneur. They also tend to have above-average looks (in the conventional cheeleader/movie starlet way). While they can be as young as 18, they can be much older as long as they take care of themselves as Suzy Favor Hamilton obviously did. It's probably fair to say that most are in their early 20's to early 30's.
While they can earn a lot of money, they also have expenses. You can't be a high-end escort operating out of a $600/mo one-bedroom apartment. You need a posh, well-appointed, well-kept apartment where everything is top-drawer from high thread-count sheets to a selection of the best whiskies.
She will tend to be conventionally pretty because one of the roles a high-end escort plays is to be a companion at social functions, especially when her client is single. She's essentially a trophy girlfriend. Obviously, playing this role for a client whose associates know him to be married is rather risky for the client.
High-end escorts are a bit like geishas in the sense that they are expected to be good at conversation, to be well-educated and possibly even have a talent, since their purpose is not only to impress their client but, sometimes, his associates as well.
While this article gives only one example and no particular high-ender is absolutely typical, this interview should help break down some of the stereotypes about the ones at the top end of the sexual pay scale.