Where is the Future?
Its been a long time since I last posted my blog, and I was just thinking today, what the future holds for the escort industry online. I rememeber the days when it was simply the big three. Exotics, Cityvibe, and Eros...Thats pretty much where you went to look for an escort of your choice.
Then came the very first escort review site, Bigdoggie, followed by The Erotic Review which swept in and took the industry by storm. From then there were a number of other sites that followed including craigslist, tnareview, providerpost, adult directory. Thats just to name a few of them. A lot of these sites were minimally used, and then there came backpage.
This site swept in right before the closue and slowdown of craigslist and has be widely popular at allowing ladies to post their profile. All be it for a pretty handsome fee.
So where is the future of the escort world. Well it looks as though its fallen into three categories. The classiest ladies will still always spend the extra money to be on a site like Eros. The rest will use sites like backpage. And a number of the other ladies will fall in the middle, with the entire business falling back on the reviews, because lets face it, if they are honest are the most important part of the business.
But it would be nice to go back to the simple classier advertising forms of Exotics, Eros, and Cityvibes wouldnt it?
RIP Craigslist Adult Services 2010
So its official now that the Craigslist erotic services section where many escorts used to advertise is now a peice of history. I have to say that im not exactly upset about this fact, when I go into the escort industry some girls I met along my travels encouraged me to try craigslist as a way to advertise my services. When I first started I thought it was a great site, and a great way to promote myself.
Boy was I wrong, the calls were coming in at a pretty good pace, but the quality of the calls was not exactly what I expected. I stopped using craigslist a couple weeks after I started, and decided to go the paid route, and started using Eros. What a difference that made, the Eros Guide although a paid medium provided me with a much higher quality of client that I was looking for, and for escorts, a much safer client. The clients seem to be more distinguished, and the type of client most of us are looking for.
After a couple of months the reviews started coming in. The Erotic Review was the first place I had my reviews, I think I missed the entire bigdoggie craze. Anyways this was an amazing way to sustain the traffic that I was looking for. tnareview then came along, and Im loving the erotic ads section, I just hope that it stays clean, and doesnt become a breading ground for the low class services, and $5 dollar prostitute sort of places. So here is more of a message to tnareview than it is about craigslist. We saw what happened to that site, and how it can ruin the site, and the benefits, so be dilligent and we will keep using the site, and using the free ads.
An end to Elms - The Erotic Review
As someone that used to be an active member on the erotic review (i hope mention of a competing site doesnt get this post pulled), and having witnessed some of the of the issues that girls were having with David Elms the head of the erotic review, im sure glad there is an end to the story.
I just learned that David Elms, the owner of escort review site, The Erotic Review has been officially sentanced to four and a half years in prison. I think this news will bring happyness to a lot of women in the industry that have come under pressure by David Elms.
Now as I was researching The Erotic Review, to find information on Elms, I noticed a press release that was issued by the alleged parent company of the The Erotic Review, saying that they were officially parting ways with David Elms after the recent troubles. Interesting that just now a release was issued, and not when any of the other problems were happening. So the question I ask is Who is in charge of The Erotic Review?
Does the website really belong to an overseas company, as claimed, or is someone close to Elms, like his wife or mother that is running the show. In theory the site is a great site, but in fact it has been shown to be exactly whats wrong with the escort industry. There is a saying that a Tiger cant change its spots, or something like that, and its been proven with another competing site Bigdoggie. They had some legal troubles earlier on in the decade, and have since cleaned up their act to the point their seen as something positive for the escort indusrty. So using that example it is possible for The Erotic Review to clean themselves up, and work towards gaining the trust of the girls in the industry, but I for one will not be on their site anytime soon. At the moment the tnareview has gained my trust, and im hoping that doesnt get broken, becasue my next spot would be bigdoggie, and not the erotic review. Sometimes it pays to do business the honest way, and treat people with respect.
15 Things She Doesn't Want to Hear in Bed15 Things She Doesn't Want to Hear in Bed
1. "Do you want to take a shower first?"
2. Chris Berman.
3. "He shoots, he scores," or any other sort of sports metaphor.
4. Whitesnake singing "Is This Love," Poison singing "Every Rose Has a Thorn," and the remaining 12 songs on your '80s power-ballads compilation disc.
5. Your roommate watching Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style on the other side of the wall.
6. [Gulp] "I don't really keep track. Maybe 35 . . . you know, give or take a few . . . or five."
7. Any comments whatsoever about her intimate grooming habits.
8. "Are those real?"
9. "Julie . . . from the gym" on your machine, saying she had "an ab fab time" at "couples yoga" yesterday.
10. The silent roar of your leopard-print silk sheets.
11. "Let me slip in halfway, and then I'll use a condom." (Yes, there are men who really say stuff like this.)
12. Comments on her sheets. It scares her when you know thread counts.
13. "Do you want to keep going?"
14. "I'm ready for a cold one."
Craigslist's stand over adult services
The online marketplace Craigslist surprised everyone when it pulled the plug on its "adult services" listings a few days ago.
For months the site has been in the crosshairs of attorneys general and advocacy groups for operating what has been derided as a virtual bazaar for pimps and human traffickers exploiting women and children.
Last year the San Francisco-based company removed its "erotic services" section and replaced it with a fee-based adult category in response to pressure from 40 state attorneys general.
Now it has removed all of its adult content in an effort to pacify its critics.
It also adopted a policy of manually screening every advert, and in just over a year rejected some 700,000 for failing to meet its standards.
The firm's chief executive Jim Buckmaster has never swayed from the company's reasons for hosting these adverts.
In a May blog post, Mr Buckmaster wrote:
"[W]e are convinced Craigslist is a vital part of the solution to this age old scourge. We've been told as much by experts on the front lines of this fight, many of whom we have met with in person, and many of whom have shared very helpful suggestions that we have incorporated in our approach.
"Even politicians looking to make their careers at the expense of Craigslist's good name grudgingly admit (when pressed) that we have made huge strides."
Danah Boyd, a researcher at Microsoft and also a victim of abuse wrote in the Huffington Post that the belief that Craigslist is operating like a digital pimp and should be prosecuted is "faulty logic".
"The problem with this logic is that it fails to account for three important differences: 1) most ISPs have a fundamental business - if not moral - interest in helping protect people; 2) the visibility of illicit activities online makes it much easier to get at, and help, those who are being victimized; and 3) a one-stop-shop is more helpful for law enforcement than for criminals. In short, Craigslist is not a pimp, but a public perch from which law enforcement can watch without being seen."
Craigslist has long maintained that its standards exceeded those set by the rest of the industry, including the back pages of newspapers where "erotic" adverts are commonplace and even on eBay which has endured some unwanted attention for the listings on its Spanish subsidiary LOQUO.
Now the company's decision to pull the ads here in the US, and replace the section with the word "censored" has everyone double-guessing the reasons behind the move.
In truth no-one really knows because Craigslist is a company that does not rush to the nearest TV studio to press its case. Even now, given the months of controversy and intense criticism, the executives at Craigslist have kept their own counsel.
But as they stay mum, everyone else is filling the vacuum - from supporters of the change to detractors and from those that applauded Craigslist's stand in the first place to those that derided it.
Depending on what side of the fence you stand in this debate, the basic consensus is that the company took this action as a protest over first amendment rights, it had had enough of the criticism and haranguing, it wavered under pressure from attorneys general and fear of expensive lawsuits and/or it wanted to protect its bottom line.
According to the Advanced Interactive Media Group, Craigslist's "adult services" section accounts for 30% of the site's estimated $122m 2010 revenue.
The Wall Street Journal maintained that lawsuits were not the issue here. Geoffrey A Fowler wrote:
"In a number of legal challenges, Craigslist and other sites including Yelp have shielded themselves against lawsuits involving content by citing the Communications Decency Act. That federal law has been interpreted to provide sites with blanket immunity for content created by users."
One young woman who had in the past sold her body for sex using the then "erotic services" section of the site has lambasted the company's founder Craig Newmark for its move. Melissa Petro in the Huffington Post wrote:
"I hope to never again make the choice to trade sex for cash even as I risk my current job and social standing to speak out for an individuals' right to do so. The simple fact is that people do have sex for money - many different kinds of people for many different reasons, people as varied as those looking to buy concert tickets, sell a collectible or adopt a pet - and these people will continue to.
"Whether the choice to do so is being dignified and protected with its own forum or whether what was once that safe space remains appropriately labelled 'censored', that choice, without a court order one way or another, remains up to Newmark."
Ryan Radia of the Technology Liberation Front said the repercussions are clear:
"Criminals will simply migrate to even shadier websites, further hindering efforts by law enforcement to put child sex traffickers behind bars.
"It's 2010, and nearly 5 billion devices worldwide are now connected to the internet - a freely accessible, unfiltered, unauthenticated worldwide network. As long as such a network exists, it's all but inevitable that it will have a seedy underbelly. Law enforcement officials should investigate sex crimes against children committed using the internet and aggressively prosecute suspected child sex traffickers. Trying to intimidate interactive websites like Craigslist, however, is the wrong approach."
Craigslist has in the past asserted that by not having a special area for these adverts to be posted means they will migrate to other parts of the site. That is exactly what seems to be happening.
A cursory glance in the casual encounters section has adverts from a people asking "let's have fun in your van" to "looking for erotic fun and adventure".
Whatever the real reasons for the censorship decision, others are now looking to write the next chapter of this tale.
The Rebecca Project and the Polaris Project, two organisations that have campaigned against sex trafficking of women and children, wants Craigslist to go further and "censor" adverts on its international sites.
"While this is a first good step in the US, there are still more than 250 other Craigslist 'erotic' pages around the world where children and young women are still being sold for sex through Craiglist," said the groups.
They along with other anti-sex trafficking bodies will hold a press conference later today on the issue.
So do you think Craigslist was right to censor the adult services section or do you think it should be re-instated?
A poll on the news blog Mashable showed a majority in favour of not censoring the adverts.
Even the comedian Conan O'Brien has weighed in on the matter and declared on his Twitter feed that "Craigslist has shut down their adult services section. Looks like the 'used futon for sale' ads are about to get a lot more interesting."