The History of the Escort,
The courtesans of the past are the VIP escorts of today
Let’s travel back in time to ancient Greece around the fourth century BC. Back in those days, marriage had nothing to do with love, but was more or less a business arrangement between families. Thus, prostitution was legal and socially accepted.
Again, there were two types of sensual services: the normal buyable woman was called “pornê” and offered her affordable services behind closes doors. And then there were the hetaira (hetaera). These beautiful ladies were much more than just a momentary sex partner. They were skilled entertainers who enchanted their guests with music, poetry, dance, and sensual pleasures.
Like high-class ladies of today, who for instance pamper their gentleman with an intimate Girlfriend Experience, their service went far beyond the sexual level. Hence, it comes as no surprise that the services of the hetairas were a luxury which only the wealthiest men could afford.
Some of these ladies in return made it to fame and fortune. Looking at the most famous courtesans throughout history, “Pryhne” is the one from these ancient Greek times. It is said that she became so wealthy, that she paid for the rebuilding of the walls of Thebes which were destroyed by Alexander the Great in 336 BC.
However, these very exclusive forms of prostitution were not restricted to ancient Europe. In China for instance, the “Ying-Chi” are known to be the first independent prostitutes of the Far East. These ladies were recruited by Emperor Wu around 100 BC to accompany his army to keep the moral of his men up. Prostitution is a world spanning part in the history of humanity – often shunned, forbidden and demonized, but always present.
What Is an Escort
In many circumstances, an escort is either an entertainer or a companion for someone that hires his or her services. The escort does not need to or even have sex available for payment.
The entertainment usually is through time and companionship for the day, week or month. The person working as an escort may provide provocative services that do not extend to sex.
Additionally, the escort does not usually sell sex as part of the services even if the night may end with this between the two or more parties. This worker usually gives something else through payment such as a date, someone to spend time with or to provide intellectual stimulation.
The Difference in Services
While the escort provides time for payment, the prostitute's primary goal is to acquire money for sex.
The prostitute usually does not have any other services for sale and may not even offer anything other than sex. The form of payment for the escort is generally money, but he or she may accept something else. The escort also will accompany the client to entertaining events such as an opera, to a club or for a dining experience.
The prostitute will only provide sexual services in some form based on how much money the client will pay.
The Difference in the Escort as a Person
Generally, an escort works to accomplish two goals at the same time. These include acquiring funds for services given to the client and to ensure the client receives satisfaction for the provided services.
The escort wants to pleasure the other party by his or her presence, even if it is just to engage in conversation for the night. The need to do anything sexual does not need to enter the situation unless both parties agree to consensual sexual relations.
However, the escort wants repeat business or word-of-mouth advertising by ensuring satisfaction with the client. This often requires a very different tactic.
The Difference in the Prostitute as a Person
The primary goal for the prostitute is to receive money quickly and satisfy as many clients as possible to acquire this compensation. Others will have no personality other than to entice the client into the exchange of money for sex. In most interactions, the prostitute does not provide anything but sexual gratification. In rare cases, the prostitute may kiss or offer conversation. Another major difference is that the sex worker may or may not take precautions and could spread sexually transmitted diseases. The escort may not even offer sex, but he or she will usually avoid this action by engaging in some form of safe sex.