Updated: Aug 26, 2022
Ever wonder how guys booked escorts before the internet? I was contacted by a woman who was an escort and owned an agency in the 90's right here in Louisville, KY.
The woman doesnt wish to share her identity because she has been out of the business for many years and most of the people around her have no idea of her affiliation with the sex industry. We will call her Sam.
Sam reached out after I asked Redditt for anyone working in the escort business in Louisville before advertising went online to reach out for an interview..
Sam worked in the business for almost twenty years. She started out working as an escort at 20. She was living alone for the first time after giving birth a year before.
What she shared blew my mind and it will yours too so hold on to your hard ons cause here we go.
Apparently before the internet escorts were found in small local publications in adult XXX theaters that were common in most cities. There are still a few here and there but most are a thing of the past
Finding escorts in the theaters isnt real shocking but THE PHONE BOOK? Thats right escort agencies advertised in the yellow pages.
Would be clients just let their fingers do the walking from A to E in the good ole yellow pages.
There were pages of escort agencies with names like AAA Escorts, AABBA Escorts, and Class Act. Everyone wanted to be the listed first or as close to first as possible.
There were hundreds in the Louisville phone book. Clients would pick which service to call like they pick their horse at a horse race...by the name of course.
They would dial the number and hear something like, "Escort service, how may I help you?" The phone operator would read a pre-written script and then read the descriptions of any girls they had available.
" Jessi is 21 5"7 130 pounds with Long dark hair and hazel eyes."
Or "Amanda is 27 5'6 110 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, last but not least I have Tina and she is 25 5'8 140 pounds with light brown hair and light brown eyes."
No matter what they always had at least three different options, despite the fact that Jessi, Amanda, and Tina were all the same girl.
The agencies had actual office spaces where the girls had to come and sit and wait if they wanted to work because they weren't reliable enough in most cases to ensure the agency didn't lose money when they couldn't get the girl to the appointments within an hour .
Sam had a two room office. One room was where the phone operator sat and the other room was for the ladies. The ladies room was set up to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
There were lockers like in high schools along one wall where each girl could securely store anything they wanted for sessions There were two chairs shaped like high heel shoes sitting next to two separate phone lines dedicated solely for the girls to use as they wished. After all this was before cell phones were common. The girls instead were required to carry pagers.
There were two large sectional couches, one of those big screen floor model televisions with every cable channel and game console available at the time.
Two screens made changing in a room full of other girls and even male drivers still private enough. Large mirrors hung on the walls and there were several vanities with every girls favorite beauty products all provided by the agency in case someone forgot something. The whole idea was to keep the girls as happy as possible while hanging out waiting for calls.
Lets get back to the clients first encounter on the phone. If he didn't hear what he wanted or just wanted to check around he moved to the next name he liked.
After calling different numbers with different names most would begin to realize the numbers seemed to lead to the same person though the girls had different names and slightly different descriptions.
Some would ask and the operator would admit proudly that there were 20 or more numbers that came to the same agency so if he wanted an appointment he may as well do it now.
Horny and frustrated guys would admit defeat and choose a profile. It was at this point that he was told the rates.
125 for a half hour includes a lingerie show and a massage
150 hour includes all that plus nudity.
250 was UNLIMITED the session was all inclusive and no set time was assigned.
Most guys asked if that included everything and the operator would say yes. If the guy asked out right if the girl would want more money the operator would giggle and say who doesnt want more money? No worries they were assured that tipping was not required or even expected but naturally it would be appreciated.
If he asked if he could have sex with the girls he would be told NO, you know thats illegal. Most guys just figured they were covering their asses and would book the appointment.
When the escort arrived she didn't knock on your door alone. Though she stood right infront of the peephole and her security stood off the the side so not to be seen.
When the door opened imagine the clients surprise but the provider would explain that everything is OK. This guy is just my driver and he just needs to collect the agencies fee and get him to sign a contract that stated that he was only paying for time and if he asked for anything physical or touched, the contract would immediately be considered broken and the girl would leave and there would be no refunds.
Almost all clients questioned the contract and were told hey this is just to cover your ass and ours. It clearly states you arent trying to hire a prostitute.
That is how we all stay protected he would be told as if duh we all know why we are here but we aren't doing anything illegal. Wink...wink...
Once the contract was signed by both the client and the provider the driver would collect the Agency fee, the contract, and excuse himself.
The escort would then go to the bathroom and come out just in her lingerie ideally but usually in mismatched bra and panties. The clients didn't worry much about that detail. It was the next part that really shook things up.
Sam told me that she went on countless appointments by herself, with other escorts for two girl calls, and even with brand new girls that needed to be trained.
She said almost all girls she met did it the same.
As soon as the girl came out of the bathroom she would begin the massage. This is where the client found out what kind of mess he had gotten himself into.
So...I don't get any of that agency fee you just paid. That means after this massage I am going to leave unless you have more money to spend.
Imagine their shock hearing
100 you can have a good time
200 a better time
And 300 dollars the best time! Which will it be?
Some guys would just pull out their wallets and give the girl however much he had but most began complaining.
After all he had just handed the agreed upon amount to the driver and he hadn't gotten anything besides seeing her in her underwear and a half ass massage designed to be given while he was excited and vulnerable to make getting the extra money easier.
If he didn't have anymore to give the escort would get up and leave after just 10 or 15 minutes of arriving. If he gave her the money he then found out that the contract he signed was no joke. He could masturbate while he watched her take her clothes off and pose in different provocative positions.
At this point many guys were out right pissed off and would call the agency demanding a refund.. The person who earlier was so accommodating now threatened to send the driver to remove the girl and if he didn't allow her to leave quietly the police would be called.
Naturally 9 out 10 clients were either married and/or in town with other colleagues, possibly even staying in the same hotel. .so he doesn't want any attention drawn to the mess he has gotten himself into.
Not every guy cared though and sometimes the police did get called. The cops knew the deal though, and as soon as they saw the contract and the girl said the client broke it by still trying to get sex even after clearly signing his name to a document stating he didn't expect sex and wouldn't ask.
Some cops searched the car the girl and her driver arrived in but they never had to return the money. The cops would lecture the guy about calling in the first place while the escort and her driver rode off with no telling how much money.
In truth the agency kept half of the initial fee in most cases. Sam said she did work for a couple once that did take the whole amount and all she got were her tips minus the 10 dollars plus 10 percent of the " tip" she was required to pay the driver and 10 percent to the phone operator. The agencies would also pay the phone operator and driver 10 dollars and that was how they made their money.
I asked Sam, wait so you weren't having sex of any kind with the clients? She said absolutely not. The agencies would threaten the girls constantly with setting them up on appointments where the client was someone the agency had pose as a client to make sure they weren't doing anything that could land everyone in jail. Plus why commit a crime when they made plenty of money not doing it.
There were not places that clients could share their experiences and warn future would be clients. They had zero recourse. It was like the wild west. Sure they didn't have repeat clients but sometimes clients would think it was just that girl and try again only to get ripped off again.
The agencies and the girls were making hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars every day and they weren't even committing prostitution.
That my friends is how reviews were born I am sure.