WASHINGTON — There’s an escort in town.
The one in Miami.
The escort in San Diego.
The ones in New York City.
These are the women who are making the money they love — making the work and the money.
Some earn millions and make more than $100,000 a year.
Others, like Vanessa Johnson, make less than $50,000.
But the work of escorts — and the pay — is what drives them, Johnson said.
That’s why she joined an escort agency.
“I wanted to make a better life for myself and my family,” she said.
Escorts earn money by working as escorts in hotels, clubs and other settings.
Many of them are licensed to work in the state of Florida, but that does not make them immune to state laws.
Escort licenses can vary widely, so when a licensed escort is arrested for a crime, the law will dictate that they have to pay the costs of the arrest and the costs incurred by the arresting officer.
But if a license is suspended, that does nothing to stop them from being paid.
Escorting is a business, Johnson and others say.
It’s a profession.
Escorted escorts work to earn the money that they make.
It is not an investment, said Tiffany Mathers, a lawyer and president of the Escort Business Association.
“There are no commissions, no commissions,” she told the Associated Press in a recent interview.
“They’re not making a profit.
They’re just making money for them.”
The profession, or the profession, is not all about the money, Johnson added.
“It’s not about how much money they make, but it’s about the life that they lead.”
She said she has seen an uptick in women leaving escort agencies to start their own business.
“Most of the women are so young that they can’t really afford to pay a lawyer,” Johnson said, “so they just hire a professional escort agency.”
The average age of an escort is 26, according to a 2010 study by the American Bar Association.
A study from the Associated News and the Center for Investigative Reporting found that the average number of clients escorting was 15 to 25.
“The majority of the time, escorts don’t have any kind of insurance,” said Mather.
“So they’re just paying their bills and getting by.”
Some women choose to leave the industry and find another career.
In the spring of 2017, an escort who had been working as a prostitute in Miami and New York went undercover as a hotel receptionist.
When she learned that she was working for an escort service in Miami, she quit her job to start her own.
She told police that she had worked as an escort for a total of 13 years and that she made about $5,000 in a month.
A year later, she left the business.
She is now working in the escort business as an independent contractor.
Some escorts do not make enough to live on and do not want to risk losing their jobs, said Elizabeth B. Sperry, a spokeswoman for the New York State Association of Escorts.
“Some of the people who work are afraid to be around other people they know who are doing something they don’t like,” she added.
Some have taken out loans to pay off debts and to buy a house or buy a car, she said, or even moved to another state to avoid being arrested for prostitution.
Others have been forced to work under escort contracts, where they have the option of going to jail.
“This is not a place to live,” said Melissa Peralta, who has been working with a nonprofit group called Women Escorting in Miami for nearly a decade.
She said that many escorts have no choice but to live in the city.
“Sometimes they have nowhere else to go.
They have nowhere to go,” she explained.
“And they’re being exploited, and it’s really, really difficult to survive.
You have to have an escape route.”
The New York Legislature recently passed a bill to give more protections to escorts.
It now goes to the governor for his signature.
But while the bill makes it easier for women to work as escort workers in New Jersey and Florida, it doesn’t give them the same rights.
A bill in the Florida Legislature would protect escorts from being charged for their work.
The law currently gives escorts and escort agencies a special exemption from New Jersey’s prostitution laws, allowing them to operate as part of a nonprofit organization and still avoid arrest for prostitution and prostitution-related charges.
But some advocates and legislators said the bill doesn’t go far enough.
The bill would protect a woman working as an escort in New Hampshire, for example, but not one in Florida.
“As soon as we get a bill like this, it’s going to go back to New Jersey,” said state Rep. David