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Call girl

A call girl is a prostitute who is not visible to the general public, like a street walker, and who does not usually belong to an institution like a brothel. One must summon her, usually by calling a telephone number -- hence the name call girl. Often, call girls advertise their services in small ads in magazines, although an intermediary such as an escort agency, pimp or a pander may be involved.

Call girls are commonly perceived to be elite amongst prostitutes, far more skilled, able to pick and choose amongst their potential clients and therefore demand higher prices for their services. In practice, a call girl may be the same woman whom the customer saw soliciting on a street corner only moments before.

Call girls can work either "incall," where the client comes to them, or "outcall," where they come to the client.

Sometimes the police carry out a sting operation: a police officer, posing as a client, summons a call girl to a hired hotel room.

In the Netherlands this has been done since 2004; although acting as a call girl or pimp / escort agency in the Netherlands, like being a client, is not illegal per se, until now in half of the cases the prostitute was a foreigner illegally staying or working in the country. The operation also serves to check the age of the prostitute: if he or she is below 18, the escort agency violates the law. To avoid entrapment the police do not specially ask for a foreign or very young call girl.

In India this was done in May 2004: for the first time a prostitution ring using Internet to solicit customers has been busted. A decoy client ordered two call girls to a hotel. Three pimps were arrested under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).

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Last updated: 10-24-2004 05:10:45