NBA Lockout Hurting the Escort Service Industry

We’ve all read the heartbreaking stories of all those people whose lives have been turned upside down by the NBA lockout — arena workers, team support staff, NBA media folk, etc. — but won’t anyone think of the escorts, for crying out loud? They’re people, too. CNBC knows that, and is on the case: “A 30 percent decline seems to be the magic number, even for Henry, who runs an escort service in New York that he says charges between $400 and $4,000 an hour, depending on the woman. Henry says he takes between 65 and 80 percent of the total cut to match the players and other high-profile fans, who are with the client an average of four hours. ‘There are replacements but they aren’t as consistent and not nearly as high paying,’ Henry said.”