Ask An escort; Sheryl 52 runs an escort agency in Chelsea SW7:

How did you start to run your own escort agency in Chelsea? I’ve been in the sex industry for over 30 years, I started working as a street escort or basically a prostitute working the Kings Cross red-light district, that was back in the days when Kings Cross was a 24 hour a day working beat. There were hundreds of girls walking the streets in those days. In this game, you are only as good as your looks, and men want the younger best-looking girls, so when I reached the age of forty I decided that I knew enough to set-up my own escort agency.

How many escorts do you have working at your escort agency? I currently have 40 girls on my books, their ages range from teenage escorts to MILF escorts, and I have a couple of mature escorts that are older than me.

Do all escorts in London have sex with clients? They don’t necessarily have to have sex with clients, but it is expected that at the end of the date the escort will accompany the man back to his hotel room for an intimate and erotic sexual encounter.

How many bookings do your Chelsea escort agency cover every day? We always have at least ten escorts working a shift and I like each girl to do a minimum of two bookings in her shift, with the average booking of 2 hours my escorts generally make around £600 a day, not bad for four hours work.

Would you encourage a pretty girl to become a London escort? Depending on her circumstances I most certainly would. If the girl is looking for a better lifestyle and has no moral code as the whether she should sell sex for money then she will do fine, lots of very pretty girls are letting guys fuck them every weekend that they meet in bars and clubs, they do this for nothing. Come and work as an escort and guys will pay you to let them fuck you and be very generous to you. For me, a girl with a serviceable pussy should make guys pay for it.

Has the internet changed the escort agency business? A hundred per cent, the internet has opened the floodgates, there are more escorts in the UK and around the world now than there has ever been. Online escorts are so easy for clients to choose from. I would say that all our bookings come from the internet. We have our own website where clients can make a booking without even having to make a phone call. Punters can see pictures of the girls that are available today, send an email and the booking is secure. There has never been a better time to run a London escort agency.

What type of girls becomes escorts in Chelsea? We have married women working the day shift, we have University students paying their way through to their degrees, some of them are medical students. We have girls from Muslim countries, they are very popular, a Muslim escort in London can make a serious amount of money from Arabic men and the British businessman like the forbidden fruit of an Arabic escort as well. Many ordinary, beautiful young women who want a better life than just working in an office for basic pay are turning to prostitution and working as Chelsea escorts in order to have a more luxury lifestyle. I’m proud to say that all my escorts are very well paid and live in swanky apartments and very nice houses around London.

Which Chelsea escorts are the most popular? The girls in their twenties are the most popular with men, although, having said that, there is a growing trend for the more mature escort in London these days. Men are increasingly requesting a woman they can take to dinner before the sex takes place.

Do many University students work as Chelsea escorts? The average British student will graduate university £45,000 in debt. Many will pull pints and wait tables to help pay for their rent and living costs but it's perhaps not surprising that some are turning to more lucrative ways to fund their degrees. And I don't mean a shift at the local call centre. We're talking about the world's oldest profession. According to a 2015 study by Swansea University, nearly 5% of students had worked in the sex industry and a further 20% were considering it as an option. From stripping to phone sex chat, and erotic dancing, so for hard-up students working for an escort agency in Chelsea is a viable and profitable way to pay their way through uni.

But is it just financial desperation that makes intelligent and educated young people sign up to become a Chelsea escort? For most, the answer is yes. The possibility of earning hundreds of pounds per night can be incredibly enticing when all you've got in the cupboard is a Pot Noodle and a tin of beans. Unlike bar work or stacking shelves in the local supermarket, the work is well-paid with flexible hours, allowing students to focus time on their studies. This might be particularly appealing for mature students and those from less well-off backgrounds who don't have the bank of mum and dad to fall back on. For others, escorting has an allure of glamour and power. Students who've watched 'Diary of a Call Girl' might be tempted by the prospect of being wined and dined, taken to luxe venues and showered with gifts. But not every client is going to be Richard Gere in 'Pretty Woman'. You're probably more likely to end up in a seedy back street hotel with a man old enough to be your granddad than the honeymoon suite with a hot businessman.

Do teen escorts in Chelsea like sex? Some might be excited by the idea of the sex itself. After all, it's not that different from having a one night stand. Or is it? If you've signed up to an escort agency, there may not be an option to say no to a client who is unsavoury, threatening or has a fetish or sexual proclivity that you don't feel comfortable with. Which brings us to the question of the university's responsibility for safe-guarding their students. Many universities and colleges don't have a clear policy on young escorts in Chelsea; it's an issue they don't want to admit exists, fearing that it brings the institution's reputation into disrepute. Students who are working as escorts may need access to practical safety tips, support groups and sexual health clinics. But, importantly, students need to know that they won't be discriminated against or thrown off their course for choosing to work in this industry. With many trapped into poverty by student loans and high rents, this is not an issue that is likely to go away any time soon.