SAN ANTONIO — It’s not uncommon for a single escort to earn her living by selling sex on the streets of Lubbocks.
But it is a different story when she’s doing it in a different city.
A new study by University of Texas at Lubboo researchers found that in many cities, escort agencies operate outside of the traditional boundaries of the escort industry and are more than willing to work with other escort agencies.
They’re known for being low-key, professional and often highly competitive, according to researchers who analyzed more than 3,500 escort agency ads.
And unlike other types of escort, the Lubbons are generally not afraid to take risks.
The Lubboos are the only major city in Texas that has no specific laws prohibiting the business of escorting, said Lubbos Attorney General Brian Bledsoe.
The study found that a large majority of escort agencies in Texas advertise their business through social media platforms.
That allows them to be as open as possible and to advertise their services on a wide range of platforms, including Craigslist, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
A large majority also advertise on escort forums, which allow them to share tips on how to better run their businesses.
The researchers also found that many escort agencies advertise their ads through Craigslist, which allows them and their clients to share their ads and receive feedback on the quality of the work they’re doing.
“In this environment, it’s very easy to find a single person who is willing to do this work,” said Bledssoe, a former prosecutor who is now a lawyer.
“But the other things that are so common, like low pay, low wages, you know, there’s a lot of things that have to be considered.”
Many of the most popular escort agencies are run by people who were already employed in other industries, Bledsaid.
It’s rare to find someone who had never been a professional escort before, he said.
And it’s not just the escort agencies that are making the most money.
A study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy in 2018 found that escorts who had worked as sex workers were earning between $8 and $11 an hour, compared to $7.25 to $10 an hour for those who didn’t.
The researchers also noted that they were working in a “sex industry” that was illegal under state and federal law.
“I think it shows the lack of oversight,” said Mary Beth Gorman, a Lubbones attorney and the executive director of the Sex Workers Alliance of Texas.
“There are many different things that could be being regulated or regulated, so the industry isn’t going to be able to run its business without oversight.
That’s not to say that all escorts are bad.
I just think there’s some that are doing it poorly, and that’s a problem.”
When the researchers analyzed the ads on social media, they discovered that the most frequently advertised escorts were in cities that were near major highways and major shopping centers.
Some cities were even on the Texas map, such as Lubblands largest city, Lubbaco.
“There are so many cities on this map, I could have sworn there were dozens of these, and I’d be amazed,” Bled said.
“The people that are in Lufkin and San Antonio, they’re very close together, so I think it’s really a pretty easy route to work.”
The researchers found a few cities that had no escort agencies at all, and several that had some.
But, when they compared the ads with the actual number of escorts, the study found little correlation.
Bleds said there’s no reason to think the lack on advertising will affect the overall number of women seeking escorts.
“It’s not like there are more girls in this profession than there are people,” he said, adding that there’s an expectation that escort services are “safe and professional.”
The Lubbsons attorney general said he has heard of a handful of escort agencies that have come to him with a complaint about a single agency, but those allegations were never substantiated.
Bredsoe said he’s already started talking to escorts to find out more about their working conditions and pay.
But he said he hopes to get to the bottom of these problems before too long.
“We need to get this information out there so we can get the word out that there are better ways to do the business, and more resources for people to be safe,” Bredsoes said.
He said he would like to hear from the city where he works to see how it can improve the situation.
“The city has the ability to do more,” he concluded.
“We can’t just say, ‘You’re not doing enough.’
We need to do a better job of educating people.”
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