LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles escorts and escorts lure husbands, fathers and kids to get together with strangers.
Escorts and escort agencies are gaining a foothold in the booming industry of escort relationships, which has attracted thousands of new clients in recent years.
They’re now being used as an important component in weddings, graduations and funerals, offering young couples the option to get to know strangers on the go, said Emily Pritchard, director of services for the National Escort Alliance.
It’s a trend that’s helped attract more attention to the industry, which is seeing more and more women choosing to live their lives in a more socially acceptable way, Pritchers said.
But escorts aren’t just women choosing their own lives.
They’re also men who don’t want to be seen as the ones in charge, said Michelle Harkness, founder of the Los Angeles escort website “Escort My Way” and the executive director of the New York City-based escort service MyWay.
The problem is that it’s difficult to define who is an escort and who isn’t, she said.
People don’t understand how they fit into a broader culture of what we do.
“Escorts are seen as a group that wants to make a new beginning and find love, but they also want to connect with a new group of people who might be looking for the same thing,” she said, adding that she’s seen a lot of couples looking for escorts to date after being rejected by their boyfriends.
The reality is that there’s a lot more than escorts in this market, Harknesses said.
There are other reasons escorts exist, but it’s not just that they’re a group of men who want to find love.
They also have a lot to offer.
They offer an alternative for couples who don, for example, want to avoid the pressure of finding a partner who’ll pay them more money.
They help couples with financial problems and the challenges of having kids or paying for rent.
They are also a way for couples to connect and connect with each other, said Lisa Gaudet, founder and CEO of MyWayEscorts.
Some people have taken advantage of this to find their own unique experiences in escorting, said Holly Smith, the founder and executive director at Escort MyWay and an escort in New York.
They can do that in different ways and have fun with it.
She said some escorts can be professional and show a lot off their escorts skills.
Others have embraced it and are taking it to the next level.
Escorts in a number of cities are taking part in professional development, she added.
Escort agencies can be as different as they are.
One may be run by a man who wants to become an escort, but another may be for a woman who just wants to get a boyfriend, said Elizabeth McBride, an escort agency in Houston and a co-founder of the Escort Network.
Some are also seeking to connect to potential clients and offer services to them that are more personalized, while others are looking to get out of the limelight and take it easy, said Amy Miller, founder, EscortMe, an online service that connects people to escorts.
A lot of these people want to live a lifestyle that is comfortable for them and to be recognized for what they do, Miller said.
That’s part of why people choose them.
People are choosing escorts because they have the best experience,” she added, referring to the escorts themselves.