American Call-Girl

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The world’s oldest profession has modernized; it has moved online and indoors. In this National Geographic documentary, take a behind-the-scenes look at the supply and demands of the American escort industry.

An escort agency is legal as long as no sex is involved, and so high-end agencies make sure that clients sign a detailed contract in which companionship is promised, but no sex. Clients are expected to read between the lines, though.

The industry is booming throughout the United States, especially in Las Vegas. In fact, it has been called a recession-proof industry. Just take a walk down the Strip and you’ll meet dozens of men and women handing out flyers and cards advertising some escort agency or service.

Women are joining this underground workforce by the dozens for a number of different reasons. Most work for agencies or pimps, while others work independently using the Internet as their marketing tool. Yes, prostitution is illegal in most states, but that hasn’t stopped the hundreds of websites that sell sex.

Some escorts claim that because trading time for money isn’t illegal—after all doctors, lawyers and therapists do just that—what they’re doing is no different. They get paid to spend time with a man; the sex is free, they say.

Meet Amanda Brooks who has written a two-part manual to help women get started in the independent escort business. She states that the demand for escorts is huge and that 90% of the clients are married.

However, just 2% of the escort industry is as glamorous as depicted on the websites. They sell the idea of an endless supply of expensive jewelry, fancy cars, stylish clothes, and fun parties full of celebrities. But the reality is that 98% of the industry is dark and dangerous. Some women get beaten and threatened and forced into the industry while others are lured into it by promises of exciting jobs in entertainment. Although they sometimes do make huge amounts of money, it all goes back to the pimp.

Is there really a difference between an escort and a prostitute? And who’s responsibility is it to regulate this multi-million dollar industry?