I know what you mean. AW seems risky at the best of times and recent reports suggest that it is only really Amour that is a quality agency. The whole business of 'massage parlours' and shared flats puts me off too, as I seriously do not want to risk getting caught up in a raid!
These days I would be very careful about who I choose to see in the NE, sticking to established escorts and newer ladies with a lot of good feedback, e.g. Tori Taylor, Keeva etc. unlike my more carefree days when I was a regular punter.