Are escorts legal or illegal?
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Section 43 of the Texas Penal Code deals with prostitution. Any sexual contact, as defined in Section 43.01 (3), in receipt for a fee, is illegal. This includes any "fondling", done with intent to arouse or gratify sexual desires.
Just don't do it. This is a very very dangerous line to tow. Technically, it is legal for someone to charge another person for "companionship" (i.e. just a date, no touching, no kissing, nothing) basically you just pay for them to accompany you to an event, or a restaurant or movie or whatever. Some people think they are being clever by then saying "well if they pay enough for the date, and tip me, then I choose to have sex, or kiss, or whatever." No, not smart. Maybe under the strict letter of the law, your commercial transaction is over and the rest of the night is voluntary but try explaining that to the police when you're arrested for prostitution or soliciting a prostitute. Even worse, try explaining that arrangement to a jury when the prosecutor decides to go forward with your case.
If want want an escort, go to one of the counties in Nevada where it's legal and then you don't have to worry about getting into any trouble.
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