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Just wanted legal clarifications on using escort services

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Hi,Just wanted legal clarifications on using escort services prearranged over the phone, with the escort's location as a hotel room in London, UK.I made contact with an escort over the phone and arranged to spend time with her at a local 3.5 star hotel she was staying at. Through conversation thie escort clarified she was british, well above age of 18, independent and working alone / for herself.I parked up at the hotel car park and proceeded to wait outside the hotel entrance on a bench to make contact over the phone before going inside.She unfortunately dropped her phone and was picked up by hotel staff. Obviously upon ringing the phone, hotel staff answered the call, although I didn't give any reason for my contact other using her alias name, wondering if my number may be reported ie to the police if the staff looked through her phone and found ie messages of escorting activities from other clients.... my messages to her did not state anything other that i was leaving my location to see her, length of my journey, another to say i arrived and then her response of the room number. Since the hotel staff highlighted that her phone was lost/found, I wondered into the hotel to see if I could spot her, in case she was waiting for me since the delay in the meeting and loss of contact. I spotted her retrieving her phone from the front desk and proceed to stay away and make contact via her phone.Thereafter, she met me in the corridor en route to the room as I was lost, hugged her and we carried on to the room together.After the pleasant meeting, I spent time at the hotel bar alone taking in the views and responding to messages etc after which I proceeded to leave by paying my car parking ticket at the from desk. The staff asked me my reason for being there I responded by stating I went to the bar upstairs.The only time I spoke about money and arrangements with the escort was over the phone. Any money exchanged was done in the room privately.As this part of the law is a grey area for me and due to the coverage in the media over SOA laws, I am still wondering if I've done anything illegal at all? Or given rise to being investigated by local authorities? Should I worry about being visited by the police over potentially soliciting in a hotel (not sure if this considered a public or private place although my arrangements were over the phone?)I've never done such a thing before and although I tried my best to research the legalities I am still unsure due to the wording involved on the CPS and legislation sites....Any help would be appreciated.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Hi,Haven't as yet received anything for the above, wondering if it has been picked up?Thanks.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Did you offer sex for money or just time?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I arranged for time in exchange for money over the phone only.

Ok - that is fine then. That is legal.

If you offer to pay for sex - its not.

If its time only - no offence.

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thanks, ***** *****'m slightly confused by your answer.I read a similar post on here and articles in the newspaper from 2017 which was regarding laws on prostitution uk law whereby, I interoperated the law as prostitution/escorting to be legal, when for example paying for sexual services (or time) in the privacy of a hotel room as long as that person isn't subjected to force or coercion....The only other time it becomes illegal is via soliciting (soliciting another) in a public place or the street or kerb crawling.Is a hotel considered as a public place?And Is my above understanding correct?Therefore if I had hypothetically arranged for sex over the phone call during the meeting in the hotel room, I wouldn't have broken the law?Please if you could respond with a fuller answer for my benefit.Regards,

Yes hotel is public - because its where the public have access.

So as long as its time you are ok

Does that clarify?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
hotel room is still a public place even though the public won't have access to this?

It is a place to which the public can have access.

Its not private - anyone can rent a room.

Does that clarify?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
it does clarify... even a hotel room is not considered private... however I am still baffled with the lawHow can the below justanswer link be correct?; titled meeting an escort for sex with consent in hotel room.... understood as paying for an escort for sex in the privacy of a hotel room is lawful?It would only be unlawful If I had for example, met/spoken to an escort at the hotel bar for the first time and agreed to sex for money.. thus this would be solicitation?

You can't pay for sex. You can pay for time. That is what you need to do.

It doesnt matter whether its a hotel, or a brothel. You cant pay for sex - its soliciting for something which is illegal.

You can pay for time

If you look at escort websites, you are paying for time

Does that clarify?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
it does clarify completely.So in my case, if I have only arranged time, and not eluded to anything else in my messages to her, therefore if even it rose suspicion with the hotel, it wouldn't be enough to get investigated by the police?Happy to close this thread after the above question

Does that clarify?

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