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Disclaimers on Escort Websites


 

Since prostitution is lawful, why should anyone need a Disclaimer? Firstly let’s make it clear that there is no legal requirement to have one, it’s entirely optional. So why bother at all, especially since the vast majority of escorts will probably have no direct contact with the law? If you are an independent escort, the Disclaimer gives you the opportunity to define the terms and conditions of your business – who and what you are, which services you will and will not offer, and who you will and will not entertain, in accordance of course, with the prevailing laws of the United Kingdom. It may help when dealing with a “difficult” client who insists on pushing the limits. Properly worded, your Disclaimer could be used as a legal document in the (hopefully unlikely) event that the need should ever arise. It is your personal statement – and holds good in so far as you are what you say you are and you do what you say you do unless it can be proven to the contrary beyond reasonable doubt. Disclaimers are dismissed by some as being useless – try asking your legal advisor whether he/she would be happier going to Court with something rather than nothing to use on your behalf. What may appear flimsy to one person may not to another. It all depends on the circumstances of any particular case.

It has to be said here that the value of a Disclaimer is likely to be reduced if the content of the rest of your site is very explicit, both in terms of its wording and the photographs used. But it may still be of some use; e.g. just because someone offers a wide range of legal adult services does not mean she will necessarily engage in unlawful acts. Above all, the Disclaimer shows that you have at least made an effort to define the scope of your business and that you have some awareness of your legal responsibilities. A disclaimer will do you no harm; it might even do you some good. Some commentators think that UK escort websites will eventually follow the American model – strongly worded disclaimers, discreet photographs and low-key wording. Time will tell.

Examples of Disclaimers:

  • [For the "Landing" page]
    This site is of an adult nature. Please do not enter this site if you are under 18 years of age and press the back button on your browser to leave now. By entering this site you are verifying that you are over the age of 18 and fully understand that this site is of an adult nature.
  • [For the "About Me" page]
    My fees are for my time and companionship only. If anything else happens it is a matter of coincidence and choice between consenting adults. Anything implied or inferred within these pages is not to be taken as an inducement for payment for anything other than time and companionship.
  • [For the "Landing" page]
    This website contains material of an adult nature. By entering this website you certify that you are over 18 years of age and that you fully understand the nature of adult material both in image and in textual form.
  • [For the "About Me" page]
    I am a professional escort. Fees paid to me are for my time and companionship only. If anything else occurs it is as a matter of mutual choice between consenting adults. Any fantasy scenarios contained in this site are purely that; they do not constitute any form of contractual obligation. I do not engage in any unlawful acts. I reserve the right not to enter into any arrangement with those whom I reasonably believe to be under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

If you are an escort agency and do not wish to be considered as a de facto prostitution ring then a Disclaimer is surely essential. There are some signs, from recent cases, both in the Criminal courts and in VAT Tribunals, that a good Disclaimer can actually be of positive value to a defence against charges of the “living off immoral earnings” type.