“Within ten minutes of the date she mentioned her going rate, and my brother realized that he was on a date with a prostitute.” That echoes a personal essay the Australian writer Al Kalyck wrote last March: “This one time I met up with a prostitute on Tinder,” he begins.
But now we have smartphone apps that let you order up sex-for-hire like sandwiches from Jimmy John’s, and somehow I can’t help but feel we’ve crossed a line.
Until then, we’ve got Utoopi, Sugar Sugar, The Gentlemen’s Navigator and a few others. I didn’t name them, I just found them.) So below, I’m sorry to say, are a few of the latest prostitute-finder apps.
I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing these apps skim a percentage of any payments received by the sex worker (a la Uber and Lyft, where the app automatically deducts a percentage of the ride-share driver’s fee). And it’s hardly a leap to envision a ratings system similar to those used on restaurant apps, ride-share apps and all sorts of other apps.
“They want the perfect girlfriend—in their eyes,” says Miranda, the young woman at our table.* “She’s well groomed, cultured, classy, able to converse about anything—but not bringing into it any of her real-world problems or feelings.”Miranda is 22 and has the wavy bobbed hair and clipped mid-Atlantic accent of a 1930s movie star; she grew up in a Texas suburb. He gave me money to help out with my living expenses.”It ended when she went on a school year abroad and started meeting men on Seeking Arrangement, the Web site and app which match “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies,” whose company the daddies pay for with “allowances.” Now, she says, she has a rotation of three regular “clients”—”a top Austin lawyer, a top architect, and another tech guy,” all of them married. “I signed up for Seeking Arrangement when I couldn’t pay my rent.
“I’ve learned how to look like this, talk like this,” she says. She adds, “Their relationships are not my business.”She confesses she isn’t physically attracted to any of these men, but “what I’m looking for in this transaction is not sexual satisfaction. But I was held back because of the stigma if anyone finds out.”“What right does anyone have to judge you for anything you do with your body? The most surprising thing about Miranda’s story is how unsurprising it is to many of her peers.
Fake sex workers are everywhere on Tinder, according to a new report by the security firm Symantec.