Affairs dating agencies
Clients contact agencies by telephone and offer a description of what kind of escorts are sought.The agency will then suggest an escort who might fit that client's need.The agency collects the client's contact information and calls the escort.Usually, to protect the identity of the escort and ensure effective communication with the client, the agency arranges the appointment.
However, under the Policing and Crime Act 2009 it is a criminal offence to pay for services of a prostitute who is controlled for gain if any third party uses force, threat (whether or not relating to violence) or any other form of coercion.
The arm's length relationship between the escort and the escort agency is designed to protect the escort agency (to some degree) from prosecution for breaking laws against prostitution.
If the employee is solely responsible for arranging any illegal prostitution-oriented activities, the agency can maintain plausible deniability should an arrest be made.
However, there almost certainly do exist agencies that do go by these laws and do not facilitate prostitution.
Some countries have used a two-pronged approach of criminalizing street prostitution but permitting or licensing prostitution in brothels or via escort agencies.
Typically, an escort will interview with an agency.