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Itinerant Work in Switzerland: Expansion of Prostitution to ‘Occasionals’

Posted on 04 April 2007 by LegalBeagle

the woman next door may be for hireA new market is developing in Switzerland among the clientele for call-girls, escorts, and prostitutes (the difference resides largely in the pricing), creating a whole new type of employment in Switzerland in the murkey world of the sex industry.

An increasing number of young women 20-30 years old are working occasionally – once or twice a week—as prostitutes to pay their debts or to afford luxuries that are normally beyond their reach. These women often work during the week at low paying jobs.

Their freshness, naivete, and amateurism is highly prized by a clientele largely composed of
switzerland romantic meetingsdoctors, lawyers, judges, portfolio managers and the like. These clients usually don’t want to deal with a professional. Often they think about finding a soulmate in which to confide and are not thinking only about sex.

In Geneva, agencies are opening to act as intermediary between the clients and the girls. One such agency, Essential Escort Service –which was opened by a single mother with a checkered past as a prostitute—is flourishing after only 8 months of operation. switzerland romantic evenings exchangeThe agency proposes only non-professional women, referred to as ‘occasionals’ because they prostitute themselves now and then to make ends meet. “I knew there was a niche for this kind of service,” remarked Linda, the manager of the agency. “And I wasn’t mistaken because business is booming. It’s a social phenomenon.” Linda, an attractive woman in her thirties, worked for several years in the sex business, attracted by the easy money and the desire to move in the circles of high society and luxury.

It is precisely the attraction to the rarefied world of luxury and wealth that attracts working girls to enter the oldest trade in the world. They may be secretaries, the assistants of a portfolio manager or an accountant, a journalism student or a travel agent – they all share the characteristic that their salaries cannot offer them the lifestyle to which they aspire.

According to Essential Escort Service, the milieu is flourishing and one can see the enormous quantity of ads in the press and on the internet. With the integration of Switzerland into the European labor market, the competition has become rude. In Geneva, the Brigade des Moeurs (the part of the Police that oversees prostitution, which is legal in Switzerland) notes the presence of roughly 2000 registered prostitutes. Most women working as prostitutes or escorts obviously don’t bother to register. The Agency claims that there are even single mothers on unemployment that take assignments.

The profile of the occasional prostitute is an attractive woman in her 20’s, thin, well-groomed, feminine, and with a good education. “In a few words,” resumes an agency manager, “they look good.”

Since the business involves amateurs, there is part of the agency’s work that involves screening customers to insure that the romantic meeting goes off well and there are no bad experiences. The escort agencies for these occasional courtisans screen the potential clients for courteous men of a certain standing and lifestyle –also checking out their addresses and telephone numbers. “The objective,” says Essential Escort Service, is to avoid a bad experience.

The part-time prostitutes usually want to remain anonymous and customer base of well-off men in high finance, law or business are themselves looking for discretion.

The girls earn about $400 /hour to $1200 /night versus the professionals who earn almost double that. The agencies take on average a 30% cut.

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