New York City-based escort, S.C. escort and escort businesswoman Ashley Halsey says her business is booming with clients.
“Our main clients are older gentlemen who are into escorting and older gentlemen, older women,” she said.
Halsey said her business has grown to about 1,000 clients in the past few months.
She said she has not had a single complaint about an escort since she started in 2013.
“It’s not the first time we’ve had a complaint about someone who is being paid, who is not being paid,” she added.
The number of men who use escort services in the US has been increasing since the beginning of the year, according to a study by the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC).
In 2015, there were an estimated 7.5 million men and 1.4 million women ages 18 to 24 in the United States who had been physically or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner.
A recent study by Duke University also found that women are being victimized more than men, with nearly one-third of female victims saying they were assaulted or had been threatened.
“I think there’s a general perception that there’s this ‘girl thing’ or that women can’t be trusted,” Halse, who has worked as a massage therapist for more than a decade, told Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera’s Emma O’Connor, reporting from Washington DC, said: “There are plenty of examples of men being paid for sex, but it seems to be a much more pervasive problem.”
We can’t expect them to be treated fairly.
If they are going to be raped and assaulted, there’s going to have to be accountability.