Picture a typical escort client and an older man probably comes to mind – a Silvio Berlusconi type perhaps, or a Baron John Sewel.
These motivations are familiar to one London escort agency, which has been offering a lesbian service to female clients for the past two years.
But for gay women on the path to self-acceptance and coming out, there can also be very private and personal reasons for hiring an escort.
Some of the lesbian tales of sex and debauchery match stereotypical notions of the escort world – but with glamorous women taking the place of portly men.
The high price tag (£250 per hour) attracts wealthy clients, and many women are international jetsetters who are in London for the weekend and looking for company.
Well-paid professionals from the United States or Dubai might book an escort for the evening and, if they like the girl, later fly them out to exotic locations around the world.