Picture a typical escort client and an older man probably comes to mind – a Silvio Berlusconi type perhaps, or a Baron John Sewel.But not all clients fit the profile of a morally dubious politician, and men aren’t the only ones who will pay for female company.
Well-paid professionals from the United States or Dubai might book an escort for the evening and, if they like the girl, later fly them out to exotic locations around the world.
But the agency’s founder, Felicity, says that she’s often called by 40- and 50-something women who are unsure of their sexuality and want to hire an escort as a personal test.
Paying for escorts affords privacy and the chance for a secret sensual experience, both of which are more uncertain prospects in dating.
And for women who spend decades in the closet, many feel safest using escorts for their first lesbian meeting.
“They’re not too sure if they’re gay and they want to see whether they like it, without going for a date and all that rigmarole.
It’s all very private with us, nobody would know about it and we cut to the chase,” says Felicity.
“If you go on a blind date, other people might see you on the dating scene.
These motivations are familiar to one London escort agency, which has been offering a lesbian service to female clients for the past two years.
But for gay women on the path to self-acceptance and coming out, there can also be very private and personal reasons for hiring an escort.