Well-paid professionals from the United States or Dubai might book an escort for the evening and, if they like the girl, later fly them out to exotic locations around the world.
These motivations are familiar to one London escort agency, which has been offering a lesbian service to female clients for the past two years.
But for gay women on the path to self-acceptance and coming out, there can also be very private and personal reasons for hiring an escort.
“If you go on a blind date, other people might see you on the dating scene.
This way, it’s behind closed doors, it’s very discreet and very professional.” Escorts offer company in exchange for payment and, although sex isn’t guaranteed, it’s a likely outcome if both parties are interested – much like a Tinder date.
A recent survey found that more and more women are paying for 'sensual experiences', with the number of male escorts available to UK women tripling to 15,000 over the past five years.