Working as an Escort Without a Permit or License is a crime in Los Angeles normally charged in relation to an arrest for solicitation of prostitution. It is prosecuted under Los Angeles Municipal Code section An Escort is a person who accompanies another person, for a fee, to a social event or provides some form of entertainment. Escorts are not illegal in California as long as the person has a valid license. However, Escorts cannot provide sexual services, and if they do, they are subject to criminal prosecution.
There seems to be a general misunderstanding of what constitutes illegal activity within the sex worker community. Everyone understands what prostitution is and how it is illegal except within licensed brothels in several counties in Nevada in the United States. However, there is a misconception that escorting, spending time with someone in exchange for money, but not engaging in sexual activity is completely legal. Most Dommes or Doms, do not engage in penetrative sex, so therefore, there is a misconception that it is not prostitution.
The difference between an escort and a prostitute may seem simple on the surface. Agencies book escorts or they can be booked via various online sites. It is legal to hire an escort in California as long as said escort has a valid permit or license. However, these licenses are hard to come by. Prostitutes, on the other hand, are people who exchange sexual acts for money.
Much like with other professions, escorts and escort services must have a valid and up to date license filed with the licensing agency in order to legally practice their profession in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park. Without these licenses, penalties can be assessed if an escort or escorting agency is caught in violation. So, an escort in Larimer, Boulder, and Grand County is a person you pay to hang out with you.