The most common reasons for an escort’s departure are pregnancy, financial issues or a relationship breakdown, according to a new survey of more than 50,000 women by the website SeekingArrangement.com.
While most men prefer to stay in a long-term relationship, more than half of women, 54%, say they’d like to get married or move in with a partner, compared with only 20% of men.
The survey also found that escorts are more likely to be women and younger than men.
“We’re all looking for companionship, which is why we all go for escorts,” said Victoria, a 23-year-old student in Auckland, New Zealand.
“It’s nice to meet a new person, but I think the most important thing is that they can help me through a tough time, and that’s the biggest difference between men and women.”
According to the survey, escorts have the most favourable attitude towards people from the same background and social circle.
They are also least likely to ask questions about sexual preferences.
“If they are asking about a new partner, the most common answer is ‘no’ and there are also people who don’t want to answer that, like older people,” Ms Morgan said.
“Most of them are very accepting of each other.”
She said that, while she’d never considered an escort, she was curious about the industry because she wanted to get her foot in the door.
“I’m looking for someone who can help someone who needs it and someone who wants to do it,” she said.
The survey was conducted for the company SeekingAramports.com, which has over 5 million users.
It also looked at the experiences of people from other professions, like sales and banking.
According to Ms Morgan, she’d been offered the chance to be a professional masseuse in her mid-20s.
“They said, ‘You could work with someone from our business or another organisation.’
I was like, ‘What do you mean, other?’
And they said, you’re going to get paid.””
It sounded really expensive, but it was like $US5,000, so it was really a steal.
I went down to the agent’s office and told her what I wanted to do.”
Ms Morgan said she found it hard to leave her family, who had been in New Zealand for a few years.
“She’s really supportive and really helpful,” she added.
“There’s a lot of people out there who want to help people, but if you’re a person who’s going to go for it, you need to be willing to take a lot on yourself.”
While Ms Morgan would like to go back to New Zealand, she is looking for an opportunity to travel.
“New Zealand has a lot to offer and there’s a very large number of people who are looking for escorting,” she says.
“But I’d really like to stay and have a good time in Auckland and do what I love.”
For more on the industry, including how to choose an escort in New South Wales, check out the ABC’s “Escorts for Sale” podcast.