NEW YORK — The number of women who are offered the job of “escort” is skyrocketing in New York City, and some are charging even more, with some companies even charging women as much as $15 a night, the Associated Press has learned.
The practice is widespread in Los Angeles, with women charging up to $18 a night in some cities, while the practice of escort services in Los Angles, where a $20 minimum charge is typical, is widespread, too.
And in the nation’s largest metropolitan area, it’s even more common, according to the AP.
“We have a huge problem,” said John St. Pierre, president of Los Angeles escort services, who also runs the LA Escort Alliance, which represents hundreds of escorts across the city.
“The reality is that a lot of people have not heard of it.”
Escorts in New Orleans are not the only ones to have to contend with the growing demand.
The Associated Press found some women are being asked to cover up in the streets and sometimes even in the homes of their clients, and sometimes to lie on their backs and not wear heels to avoid attracting unwanted attention.
A new study from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County found that some New Orleans escorts charge $10 to $15 per hour, even if the escort is a woman, with clients often being charged a higher fee.
The study also found some of those who are being charged have no idea how much money they’re being charged and often don’t know how much of their services they’re getting paid.
Many escort agencies have been forced to shut down, including Los Angeles’ Los Angeles Escort, which closed last year after a woman was charged $7,000 to $8,000 per night for a five-hour shift in one of the city’s busiest neighborhoods.
The city has since re-opened Los Angeles and is trying to figure out how to deal with the influx of clients, according for the AP: Los Angeles police have closed about 20 escort agencies and said they were working with a nonprofit to help them.
“There’s no one-size-fits-all, we all need to be accountable,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Michael McGrath.
“It’s not something that happens in one night.
There’s an element of the industry that needs to be challenged.
It needs to change.”
The AP found at least two other women who were charged with prostitution and were charged $5,000 or more for an escort’s services in New Mexico.
The AP spoke to one of them, who asked that her last name not be used because she’s afraid of repercussions from her former escort agency.
The other woman, who was not charged with any crimes, said she was approached by a client who offered her $5 a night to do an escort job in exchange for sex.
She said she asked her employer for the money and when she got it she thought it was the end of the matter.
She then went to work, but she said the client kept coming and asking for more.
After a few months, she decided to go back to her old agency, which was based in a suburb about 15 minutes away from where she worked, and quit the business.
She’s now paying a $200 monthly fee to continue the job, which she estimates is $10 a night.
The owner of the agency, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation, said his business was already in a decline when he heard about the AP’s investigation and wanted to be transparent.
He said he has since removed the former client from his escort services because he didn’t like the behavior.
The woman who spoke to the Associated News, who said she didn’t want her name used, said it was her first time doing a job like this and it wasn’t an easy experience.
“I was like, ‘This is the worst I’ve ever been in this business, so why am I doing this?'” she said.
“They were trying to lure me into this business.
I’m like, I’m going to quit.
I was scared.”
A representative for the LA Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
L.A. Escort said it has been in business for more than 20 years and is in the process of relocating to Las Vegas.
A representative from Los Angeles’s Escort Action Coalition told the AP it has also been working with the police department to determine what was going on.
Escorts also say they often don.
“If someone is asking for money, I would say no, it doesn’t matter how much they are charging,” said one escort in the Los Angeles area.
“In some ways, it seems like they are trying to scare women into a false sense of security and make them feel that they can’t do anything,” said another escort in California. “But