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Escort vs. Prostitute - What is the Difference?

What is an Escort?

Most people confuse the terms Escort and Prostitute, believing they are one and the same. This is not the case. An Escort offers companionship or acts as a date for a fee, which can include attending business dinners, festive occasions, sporting events, concerts, or simply engaging in conversation. The fee paid to an Escort is strictly for legal entertainment or companionship services. If sexual services are provided, it then crosses the boundary into Prostitution.

In California, Escorts are required to obtain a state license to operate legally. This obscure and difficult process involves submitting an application to the local police or sheriff’s department, providing personal information, and paying a nonrefundable fee. This regulation aims to distinguish legal escort service from illegal activities. However, very few people utilize the licensing scheme.

What is Prostitution?

In California, Prostitution involves engaging in sexual intercourse or any sexual act in exchange for money or other forms of consideration. This can include sexual intercourse, oral sex, or sexual touching of the genitals, breasts, or buttocks. The term "consideration" encompasses anything of value exchanged between parties, such as money, goods, services, or promises of action.

Penalties For Escorting and Prostitution

Operating as an Escort without a license is considered a misdemeanor under Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 103.107.7, punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. This charge can sometimes be reduced to an infraction with a lesser fine. When Solicitation of Prostitution cannot be charged, authorities often resort to charging individuals with operating as an Escort without a License. Prostitution charges carry similar penalties, with first-time offenders usually not facing jail time. Repeat offenders, however, may face 45 to 90 days in county jail, though experienced legal representation can often mitigate this.

Los Angeles Prostitution Defense Attorneys

The attorneys at Stephen G Rodriguez & Partners specialize in offering a vigorous legal defense, while maintaining a non-judgmental environment. They offer support and legal expertise to those facing prostitution-related charges, emphasizing defense strategies tailored to each client's situation. Contact the attorneys at Stephen G Rodriguez & Partners at (213) 481-6811. We provide free, in-office case consultations for prospective clients.

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