Private dating agencies
Escort agencies claim that they are dispatching these individuals to provide a social or conversational service rather than a sexual service, since prostitution laws often forbid taking payment for sex or communicating for the purpose of arranging a contract for sexual services.Advertisements for escort agencies often carefully skirt the legal line, and avoid specifically offering prostitution or sexual services.The legislature in Mexico has modified the law to close some loopholes or grey areas and are, like the United States, zooming in on the "end user" or client.The new law encompasses penalties of 7–9 years in prison for contracting an escort, 7–9 years in prison for transporting an escort to her appointment and now the most broad addition like in the United States, "facilitation" of any person, persons or company that promotes or services of an escort whether a newspaper, internet ad or website is subject to 9–11 years in prison, which grows to a maximum of 23 years if the offending person is a public servant of any kind.
Some countries have used a two-pronged approach of criminalizing street prostitution but permitting or licensing prostitution in brothels or via escort agencies.
Operators tend to avoid discussing specifics over the telephone or via emails to avoid complications with the law.
Prostitution in India is legal, In 2010, Mexico legislators added a law similar to that of the UK called the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act (rough translation) which makes it a crime to offer the sexual services of another person against their will.
Some agencies may specifically deal in a certain type of escort.
There are male-for-male, female-for-male, and female-for-female escort agencies, as well as a few male-for-female agencies. It is very common for escorts to enter the business through referrals from friends who have been in the business.