So lets think hypothetically for a moment. Let’s say you are a “adult film maker” and you decide to start a business where you could search for new talent. Complete discretion is afforded along with anonymity to wannabe male stars. They would have a private screening room with a stand alone camera recording the screening. A female “professional actress” would be provided. The wannabe male star would have to pay several hundred dollars for the screening. Following the act, the female actress and wannabe male star would review the video together and if it didn’t pass muster, it could be destroyed right then and there. If it was pretty good they could then take it to the “Director” to see if they had a promising future in the adult film industry. Would that be legal or illegal? Studio and business licenses already granted of course.
To a certain extent this is not so terribly far from how the “escort services” work. No cameraman and no filming, and naturally the service advertised can be upgraded only when the girl and guy are together. These higher paid prostitutes I also generally believe are mostly voluntarily doing it.
But to be honest having seen red light districts in places where it both is legal (or at least tolerated and regulated) and controlled and places where it is underground I generally believe that the former is the least bad choice. Illegality of prostitution neither prevents it, nor does it reduce its availability. All it does is ensure the women, who may already be victims, are further victimized and ostracized.
Of course, this is not necessarily the point of the article. The point is a matter of current law. Your analogy is a perfect example of why some additional clarity might be called for.
Interesting business model.