But in a cigarette-scented hotel room near a Chicago airport, more than a dozen men come and go with wet cheeks and quivering lips. No one had died, no national tragedy had occurred— they had just been caught trying to buy sex. Across the country, cops are implementing a strategy that has long been debated in Europe: targeting the men who buy sex while trying to help the women who sell it. Some police and scholars say that focusing law enforcement attention on sex buyers reduces demand for prostitution, which strangles the sex industry and curbs human trafficking. But some human rights organizations, most recently Amnesty International, advocate for the decriminalization of all aspects of sex work, including buying sex. While Amnesty International members were considering whether to recommend decriminalizing sex work altogether, I was with a TIME video team on two buyer-focused sex stings in Cook County, Ill.
The app that arranges 'paid dates' is coming to the US — just don't call it an 'escort service'
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Panellists at the Smooci app launch and screenshots of the app. Photos courtesy of Smooci. After years of tweaks and updates, founder Kal Kingsley is finally ready to launch in the UK. So we created this semi-sophisticated system with a dashboard, and it ended up working really well.
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Sex work is work, and work is hard. Sex workers are treated as a morally corrupt monolith, and if not morally corrupt, then pushed to these extreme lengths only by the worst parts of humanity — abuse, poverty, trafficking. As a result, sex workers are viewed as beings needing to be saved, rather than the workers seeking rights, productive and protective unions, and support through the workforce that they actually are.
Female users can then sort through and choose which requests they'd like to respond to. Once the woman initiates conversation, her profile becomes available to the date seeker, but stays completely anonymous up until that point. It actually solves problems in this marketplace that dating sites and most escort sites don't solve: We match expectations, on-demand. Since August , Ohlala says that it has "arranged" over 25, paid dates in its four pilot cities: Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and Hamburg. Poppenreiter explained to Business Insider that there will be some slight differences between the German and US versions of the app: " The US version heavily focuses on the instant aspect of dating, what we call on-demand dates, with a minute response window for women and the focus on looking for a date within the next four hours for men.