Nylas escorts in New York, Florida, Texas, Arizona and elsewhere are among the many people whose business was devastated by Hurricane Maria, which ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving many with little or no income.
Now, with the recovery in full swing, the industry is back in full force.
Many escort services are hiring for full-time positions, and many of those jobs pay more than $100,000.
Many of those who were not able to get back on their feet are struggling to get by on their small salaries and meager savings.
In many cases, those people who survived Hurricane Maria are working from home or living in shelters.
The surge in demand for escorts is due in part to a combination of factors, including an increased demand for prostitution in the wake of Hurricane Maria and a shortage of escorts for those in desperate need of protection.
In New York City alone, some 400 people were forced to abandon their homes after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, leaving more than 40,000 people homeless, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Many of those displaced have been without basic needs, such as water, food, heat, medical care, and shelter, for weeks.
While the numbers are staggering, the impact on the people who have nowhere to go has been equally dire.
Since the storm struck, some people have lost their homes, and others have been forced to sell their possessions in order to survive.
“They can’t even afford their own food, because they can’t buy anything,” said Maria Cervantes, an undocumented immigrant who has been working as an escort for 10 years.
Cervantes is now back in New Jersey and trying to find work in New Orleans.
“I don’t know how to find a place for my family, for my wife, my daughter,” she said.
“It’s hard to live with my kids and my husband.
They’re not going to be able to afford their rent or for food.”
Cervaults parents lost their home, and she and her daughter are now living on the streets in the area.
Cervaves parents are working on a plan to move back to Puerto Rico to live in their old home.
But they are not receiving any assistance from the government, she said, as they are unable to obtain a work permit or other identification documents.
The lack of financial support from the federal government has also pushed many of these women to turn to prostitution to survive, and to make ends meet.
The economic impact is especially devastating for women who have been living on government assistance programs for years, and who rely on government benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid to survive and provide for their families.
While the number of sex workers in the U, as a whole, is not yet known, a recent report by the American Society of Human Resource Management found that nearly one in five women are employed in sex work.
That figure does not include the number who are homeless or living on welfare, the report found.
The majority of sex work workers are women, though, and it is estimated that women account for about 90% of sex trafficking in the United States.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the sex trafficking rate for women in the country is 15.5 times the national average, and about 15 times higher than that of people ages 15 to 24.
It is estimated, though not known, that about one in four women will be trafficked into the sex trade during her lifetime.
There are currently 1.4 million sex trafficking victims in the world, according the National Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation.
The group estimates that in 2015, approximately 5,000 women were trafficked in sex trafficking, which is about one per day.
Many women who are trafficked have been unable to access the benefits they were promised when they entered the sex industry, according, the National Council of La Raza.
They are not being given the legal protections they were meant to receive, such that they can claim unemployment benefits and get their wages.
Many are working two or three jobs to make enough money to make rent and afford health insurance, and they are also struggling to provide for themselves.
And while some of those in the sex trades are receiving social services benefits, the vast majority of the people in prostitution are not, according an advocacy group called the Alliance for Sex Workers Rights.