call girl

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An anachronistic, or old fashioned term, for "escort," a term sometimes coded to refer to someone who sells sex, and sometimes nonsexual companionship, by appointment, as opposed to someone who gets picked up on the streets to sexually service a client. Similar to the historical sex trade once found in brothels, call girls may work under the supervision of a madam, who cultivates both her service specialists as well as her clientele. Call girls are assumed to be of a "higher class" than street prostitutes, in that it is assumed that they are free from addictions and that they specialize in various services, including elite cultural training in addition to sexual practices. Regardless of cultural milieu or class standing, any sexworker runs the risk of personal endangerment in the course of providing the intimate services expected of her or him, even if she or he has freely chosen to work in the sex trade.

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"Phone box prostitute calling cards, London, September 24, 2005" by Edward is licensed under Public Domain.

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