Some agencies may specifically deal in a certain type of escort.There are male-for-male, female-for-male, and female-for-female escort agencies, as well as a few male-for-female agencies. Transsexual or transgender escorts are available from some escort agencies.
These pictures are posted on the agency's website or circulated among clients to promote business.
Some larger escort agencies maintain websites with photo galleries of their escorts.
The new law now encompasses penalties of 7 to 9 years in prison for contracting an escort, 7 – 9 years in prison for transporting an escort to her appointment and now the most broad addition like in the United States, "facilitation" of any person, persons or company that promotes or services of an escort whether a newspaper, internet ad or website is subject to 9 to 11 years in prison, which grows to a maximum of 23 years if the offending person is a public servant of any kind.
Escort prostitution is one of the forms that the sex trade takes in the United Kingdom, along with prostitution practiced in massage parlors, saunas, private flats (such as the Soho walk-ups) and street prostitution.
It is very common for escorts to enter the business through referrals from friends who have been in the business.
The effectiveness of ads in weeklies or specialized sites has been questioned by some operators as there are so many that they are diluted.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.Escort agencies are companies that provide escorts for clients, usually for sexual services.The agency typically arranges a meeting between one of its escorts and the client at the customer's house or hotel room (outcall), or at the escort's residence (incall).This fact in turn is well-known to police and the political powers, who, where prostitution is illegal, usually prefer to act against more visible and problematic street prostitution.