Forum newbie, punting... few years now. Enjoying your site, you all seem like stand up fellows.
I got into it at 23. Previously I was a bit of an uptight white knight; I would never have dreamed of doing something so terrible as seeing an escort, given that movies, TV and the news had told me they were all sex slaves trafficked from war torn countries.
I had just come out of a dreadful relationship where my fiance had been cheating on me in ways and volumes that were completely horrific. My previous relationships were pretty bad also and had led to me being screwed around, and I had become extremely disheartened.
On top of this I was in a bad way, having lost my job (the stress of being in a relationship where you KNOW you're being cheated on, but can't prove it outright) and flat (as a result of losing my income), along with the majority of my friends (had worked hard at internships for my job so had become distant from everyone, then when the job collapsed, I had no money to go out and lost touch).
My whole outlook on life and philosophies became up for examination. From then on, nothing was off limits, and I needed to reassess every detail of my life and aspect of what I was doing with it. As part of this, I ended up on adultwork, having heard it mentioned on another forum. I started to send out a few messages to some girls, just some basic questions about how to make a booking an what was involved, really just because I was lonely and wanted someone to talk to. A few bit my head off, but one was genuinely very nice and we had a great time talking for quite a while; she was my age and at university, but said she only did this to sleep around a lot without word getting round. I agreed to meet her for a one hour booking, and we ended up staying together, talking and having sex until almost midnight, where she gave me her real name and number, and suggested visiting a fetish club with her another time.
After having such a fantastic first experience, and so jarringly in contrast with my experiences in relationships in terms of just sheer honesty and friendliness (most of my girlfriends had treated me like shit), I was hooked and haven't looked back.