Lubbock’s mature escort industry, in which women choose to perform for money, has been in the news this week.
The town’s Adult Entertainment Commission has warned that the number of escorts has increased by 40 percent since last year.
Lubbocks adult escort community is divided on whether to have licensed and regulated the industry.
The local business owner, Loyce White, said she doesn’t know why the industry has grown so rapidly.
“There’s just not enough money in the world to do it all,” White said.
She said she has had to limit the number and number of girls she works with because of her health.
The adult escort industry is booming in Lubbons new city of San Antonio.
“We have had a lot of people come from out of town who are wanting to work with us because they are scared of being arrested,” White added.
She believes the issue of licensing and regulating the industry is important because the industry isn’t really safe.
“I don’t know if they are safe because they have to do their business behind closed doors,” White continued.
She also said that the community needs to be educated on the safety of escorting and the people that work for them.
“It’s a huge industry,” White explained.
She is not opposed to the idea of licensing the industry, but says there needs to to be more regulation and more oversight.
“This is a new industry and they have got to be regulated,” White told WOAI.
She added that she thinks it would be better to have a regulation that would give the industry some of the protections it needs.
But the business owner said that’s unlikely to happen.
“The city doesn’t have the money to go after them and that’s the problem,” White claimed.
“They are going to be able to get away with it.”
The Adult Entertainment commission issued a warning to Lubbicks community, warning that the increased use of the adult industry could lead to increased public safety risks.
The commission also warned that licensed escorts can pose a significant risk to other people and businesses, as they may be susceptible to being victims of human trafficking, or sex trafficking.
In the past, adult escort operators have faced numerous lawsuits over their business practices.
Loycie White said she is a strong supporter of the commission’s recommendations, and wants the community to be aware of their safety.
“You are the ones that have to protect your children,” White argued.
“But if you don’t protect your kids, who’s going to protect them?”
Loyece White has not been able to work since April 2016, and is now relying on social media to keep her operation running.
Luyelyn, a former escort, said that when she was in her 20s, she made money working as a stripper and escort in Lobo City, Texas.
“My parents paid me to do that,” Luyelyn explained.
“For years I worked for them.”
She said the experience was “horrible.”
She later moved to San Antonio, and said that after working as an escort in San Antonio for about a year, she was fired.
She claims she was retaliated against after reporting the issue to the city, which she believes is why she decided to come back to Lobo.
“If I wasn’t a striper, I would never come back,” Loylyn said.
Lobo is located in San Angelo, Texas, near San Antonio and the Texas Gulf Coast.
“In Lobo, they would say you’ve got to stay out of trouble, and you can’t get a license,” Lokelyn explained.
The business owner has had her license revoked in the past.
“A lot of the older women that I know are in trouble because they were having problems with their licenses,” Loyd White explained to WOAA.
“And they are going through all this trouble to get a new license.”