How Proper Screening Can Save an Escort's Life

RECENTLY, I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM A DESPERATE CLIENT. TRAGICALLY, HER STORY GOES LIKE SO MANY BEFORE HER. BROKEN AND HUMILIATED, SHE RETREATED INTO HERSELF, DECIDING TO END HER PROFESSION AS A COMPANION.

Fate was about to find her. Christine (not her real name) had been a Los Angeles courtesan for years. There were a few men in the past with whom she had experienced unfavorable encounters but no situations that threatened her life. Christine took for granted that in her profession she regularly opened herself, sharing intimacy with total strangers that left her vulnerable and susceptible to the worst of circumstances. Or nothing at all. Through vouching of other companion friends and forum verification, she accepted as standard practice systems that could never give her a 100% guarantee as to the safety of a client. Thus, Christine regularly took her life into her own hands with every single engagement, a sort of Russian roulette in the world of professional dating. But the game was about to catch up with her. The interaction began like any other.

AN INITIAL QUERY DEVELOPED INTO A SERIES OF FLIRTY EMAILS UNTIL FINALLY A DATE WAS SET. CHRISTINE COMPLETED HER DUE DILIGENCE - AT LEAST, THAT'S WHAT SHE THOUGHT

A few of her escort friends vouched for this man and not a negative impression seemed to be attached to his profile. He also provided her with several references. That evening, Christine readied herself and dressed in a soft, sexy ensemble. Her blonde locks fell around tanned shoulders leading to a thing waist and long, shapely legs. She looked gorgeous. She is a sweet, caring person and genuine to the core. But this evening she would be treated like dirt.

CHRISTINE'S FIRST MISTAKE WAS INVITING THIS PERSON INTO HER HOME (INCALL)

The man in question was Tom. (I have no idea about his real name.) She greeted him at the door with a huge smile, a hug and soft peck on the lips. They settled into the sofa where she offered him a glass of his favorite beverage as light conversation ensued. What Christine did not know is that not only was Tom an alcoholic but was on the verge of losing his job as a corporate executive. Somehow, the conversation took a turn and Tom became belligerent. With not the most astute reaction, Christine tried to calm him but his aggressive behavior only escalated. Forcefully, he grabbed her and tried to kiss her. As she resisted and tried to fight back, he manhandled her onto the floor as her head hit the corner of the table. No one outside answered to her screams.

FINALLY, TOM CAME TO HIS SENSES AND FLED HER APARTMENT

But only after he bloodied her lip and blackened her eye. Christine’s head throbbed as blood trickled down her neck. Tom ran to the door slamming it behind him. Heavy silence thick with betrayal fell over Christine as she curled up in the corner of the room shivering and crying like an abused little girl. The next morning, humiliated and frightened that this monster might return, she sent me the email. She never called 911 out of fear for her livelihood. She is lucky to be alive.

THIS SCENARIO REPRESENTS AN OUTRAGE FOR TWO REASONS

  1. What gave such a slime bag the right to violate this woman?
  2. Why on earth didn’t Christine complete a background check before ever communicating with this pervert?

Human rights are inherent to all and should never, ever be defiled. With a penchant for violence, Tom was a disturbed man disguised in a designer suit. At the expense of Christine’s dignity, he shamed her with psychological wrath and harmed her with physical abuse.

Turns out this man was a hardened criminal with a track record of assault, battery and scores of broken restraining orders. Had Christine completed a background check prior to this horrific experience, she could have avoided the encounter. Broken and ashamed, she went to the extreme and chose to end her profession as an entertainment companion. But this precipitous decision came at a cost. No longer could she fund her college education in pursuit of a law degree. No longer could she adequately support her small son for Christine was also a single mother.

THE LONG ROAD BACK

I have been consulting with Christine. She is learning that by taking proper measures to uphold her safety, she might be able to continue her companionship business with a completely different approach. Though her spirit was broken, she is healing. She is implementing a stealthy screening process that includes mandatory background checks and employment verification. With my guidance, she is re-branding and building a new website with content that speaks only to dignified gentlemen.

This situation will never again happen to Christine.


Safeguarding Your Business in the Eyes of SESTA and FOSTA

WITH SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING SESTA AND FOSTA, IT'S ALMOST LIKE THE PROVERBIAL CARPET IS BEING PULLED OUT FROM BENEATH THE PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.

Time to change your state of mind! Many of the advocates that support FOSTA are opposed to sex work in general. While these bills may limit human trafficking and child pornography (which is a good thing), the implications overshadowing free speech for professional models and hostesses are daunting. What are the first steps that you as a tour guide can take to safeguard your business and future?

SILENCE YOUR CONTENT

If your website text is too suggestive or implies the offering of illegal acts, rewrite it or replace it altogether. I have read a lot of model website content that makes me cringe by its crass nature. Creatively structure your content in a way that speaks in metaphors. Do not use lewd language. Rather, use suggestive words that imply ideas so as to keep you safe, at least until the aftermath of FOSTA takes shape.

CURB YOUR IMAGERY

I have always been an opponent of raunchy photos that leave nothing to the imagination. In light of SESTA and FOSTA, avoiding this type of branding is more critical than ever. Such images degrade the branding of the model behind the pictures and could incriminate. Keep it tasteful, ladies. Show skin in a classy way that will inspire your viewers without giving it all away in a few photos. Think Agent Provocateur, Kiki di Montparnasse.

REPLACE YOUR KEYWORDS

This is a big one and doing so means that your content could totally unravel. We will begin to see a new industry standard. Gone are the days of keywords and phrases as we know them. Now more than ever, it is important that your content expresses the services that you offer in more obscure ways that subtly paint a picture without the use of blatant wording. But not to worry! Expect a new era of key words and phrases that I will be putting together in a later post.

CHANGE YOUR DOMAIN SUFFICE FROM .COM TO .CH

Top level domain extensions such as .com, .net are the most common among professional model websites. These domain extensions are regulated by the United States and ICANN. If SESTA and FOSTA turn out to be disastrous for the exotic entertainment industry, changing your domain suffix to a country code top level domain such as .ch from Switzerland is a safe bet.

THE 2257 DISCLOSURE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

Does your website have a legal disclosure? If not, now is the time to add one. If you already have one, check the language. It should be clear and strong. Make it beefy.

SHOULD YOU PASSWORD PROTECT YOUR BLOG?

Think about adding a members only section to your website where you can express a bit more freedom in how much skin you show and the maturity of your language. Unless your words are benign, it is probably a good idea to password protect your blog. In doing so, you will collect a database of subscribers to which you can advertise through a drip email marketing campaign (more on this topic in a future post).

ENCRYPT YOUR BUSINESS EMAIL ACCOUNT

If your email account is not encrypted, you should run, not walk to an email client that protects your privacy and anonymity. Consider using ProtonMail or SafeOffice. Remember not to select .com for your new email account, not even your backup email account.

SWITTER IS THE NEW TWITTER

In this social forum called SWITTER, speak your mind and flaunt your assets as much as you like. Mastodon is the software that Switter uses. Switter is a distributed and federated social network, with microblogging features similar to Twitter but administered as a decentralized federation of independently operated servers running free software. What does all that gibberish mean? No censorship! Founded in 2016, we wish to thank Eugen Rochko, the originating developer, for blessing us all with a forum that is all about free speech. Toot away, ladies! Oh, and don’t forget to post your SWITTER LISTING. Then, DELETE all of those saucy Tweets that you’ve posted over the years, just to be on the safe side.

SHADOWBANNED ON TWITTER?

Shadowbanning is the act of banning a user or their content from an online community (like Twitter) so that the user does not realize that they have been banned. In the case of Twitter, if you have been shadowbanned, you might be tweeting but your tweets are not seen. Just one more reason to join Switter (catch me there! @Meeshee).

RETHINK WHERE TO STORE YOUR DIGITAL INFORMATION

As in your contacts, photos, content and anything else that could be incriminating to your business. Discontinue using Google drive and iCloud. At any given time, they can delete your account and all its information or worse, disclose your personal details upon request of the U.S. government. Revert to the old fashioned method: backing up all of the information on your computer to an external hard drive plugged into your computer. You own it and no one has access to it except your cat or dog. Even though they claim privacy, online data storage (cloud storage) services can access your data at any time.

FINALLY, AVOID USING SERVICES THAT REQUIRE LOCATION INFORMATION AND ENSURE THAT YOUR WEBSITE IS HOSTED OFFSHORE

As talked about in our previous articles, ECD has moved our servers to offshore hosting in Amsterdam. Many more factors about what professional entertainers can do to arm their businesses moving forward will be discussed in upcoming articles. Brace yourself for exciting times, ladies and gents!