The Hurricane sent its news editor, Danielle Scott, for an interview with a Hot Date Escorts representative. Below is her account of the Wednesday evening meeting.
I could start out at $150 an hour for my services. I could even make up to $500 in a weekend if I worked for Hot Date Escorts.
This was what Dennis, the escort service head, told me when we met Wednesday night.
Once one of my reporters alerted me of an escort service advertisement posted on a campus bulletin board, I jumped right in and set up an interview with Dennis to find out what UM female students could potentially be getting themselves into.
“The men want someone they can talk to. You would be perfect,” the sandy-colored haired Dennis told me.
Now, the flyer Dennis gave me-not the one put up at the Learning Center- displayed a beautiful blonde with the words “Full service!” emblazoned over her breasts.
“Full service?” I asked.
“That means strip-dance, role-playing, massage, maybe dominatrix,” Dennis quickly explained.
“Sex is not involved,” he said. “Of course, if you like a client we have no problem with you having sex with anyone you want to, but you are not allowed to charge.”
Hot Date Escorts provides everything for you, Dennis said: drivers, whips, chains, even leather, if need be.
“If they want leather, we’ll provide it,” Dennis said.
From what I learned, Hot Date Escorts was no less legitimate than any other escort agency.
They get about 30-50 percent commission from their girls who are officially “independent contractors” so that they don’t have to pay taxes, Dennis said.
Of course, the biggest concern for any aspiring ‘hot date’ is safety, right?
Well, Hot Date Escorts provides their girls with drivers, checks the driver’s licenses of their clientele, and calls them every hour or less to make sure the girls are safe, he said.
“If you want us to call you every 15 minutes we will,” Dennis assured me. “You don’t have to go with any client you don’t want to. If you get there and they are drunk, you can just go home.”
The work is ‘freelance’-if you will-and girls can choose their clients and the hotels they will or will not go to and exactly what they are willing to do, Dennis said.
“If a client calls and he wants whips and chains, I would not even bother to call you,” Dennis told me, “I have other girls for that.”
Hot Date Escorts, he said, advertises for girls on many different college campuses.
“We have a lot of girls from Barry,” Dennis informed me.
As for the rigorous screening process applied to advertisements posted on campus, Hot Date Escorts “just got the keys from someone,” Dennis said.
Hot Date Escorts also advertises in the New Times, The Street, local Russian newspapers and on their website, www.hotdateescorts.com.
The three-man operation has been in business for about a year and there are about eight girls working for them, Dennis said. They have just begun a new advertising campaign and are hoping to gain a lot more clientele.
“February should be a big month,” Dennis said.