What you need to know about the craigslist escort industry
In the late 1980s, when the first craigslist ads were being written, escort services were booming.
As well as offering a wide range of services, craigslist allowed people to advertise their own services and make money by taking people out for drinks, food, and sex.
“Craigslist had a very good reputation for being a very safe, secure and safe environment for young people,” says Nick Anderson, who was working for the dating website Ashley Madison at the time.
But by the mid-1990s, the crafters had a problem: some escort sites were turning their attention to the online dating industry, while others were simply doing it for a quick buck.
In 2004, Craigslist introduced the Escort Search function to its site, which allowed users to search for a local escort by searching for their chosen term in a series of keywords, including “escort”.
“Crafters wanted to take advantage of the fact that Craigslist was the place where people were looking for escorts,” Mr Anderson says.
“They were looking to attract people and to get them into the market for themselves.”
Now, more than a decade later, the industry has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar industry, with thousands of websites offering all kinds of services to users.
With thousands of escorts competing for customers, there is a huge demand for these services, and the online market for escorting is dominated by two groups: men and women.
Men Seeking Men Men are the primary users of escort services, with an estimated 15 per cent of all escorts online, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
A typical male escort will make between $150,000 and $200,000 a year, depending on the type of service.
“In many cases, the men who are looking for women for this kind of work don’t know that it’s illegal in the states, and they are not necessarily looking for sex,” Mr Kowalski says.
There are many different types of men who seek escorts, and many are desperate.
“Some of them are really into the business because they are looking to make money, but also they want a relationship,” Mr Boudreau says.
The first thing to consider is whether you are ready for a sex act, and whether you can handle it.
Some escort websites offer the option of booking a sex-toy-style encounter for the fee of $25 to $50.
“The main thing you need is confidence, confidence that you can go along with it, and that you will not be uncomfortable or have to explain anything to anyone,” Mr Hynes says.
A woman seeking an escort on Ashley Madison said she was willing to pay $30,000 for an arranged encounter.
“I am looking for a very experienced, professional escort to do a sexual massage,” she wrote on the website.
“You will need to be very confident, with a lot of confidence, and very willing to do what is required.
I know I will be comfortable with you and I will treat you like a professional and treat you as a woman.”
Mr Kwalski recommends the first time you contact an escort, that you get an understanding of the escort’s profession and experience before engaging.
“That is the first thing, because they don’t want you to feel nervous about it, they don, you don’t need to have any anxiety about it,” Mr Vell says.
You should also be able to negotiate a price if you think it might be too much.
“It’s a little bit like you’re asking a bank for a loan,” Mr Trewavas says.
If you can negotiate a fair price, and don’t mind the risk of being arrested, it is usually worth it.
“We’ve had people arrested for going to parties that were being advertised on the site and actually getting into it,” he says.
Mr Vamp said his experience had been very different to many others.
“When I went to a party in the US, the host and his friends had all the money in their pockets,” he wrote on his website.
“[The escort] was really happy with the party and they would even go as far as to invite me to go to the party for free.”
The first step is to find a location to meet.
“People want to meet in public places, because you don: they don:t want to feel creepy,” Mr Dickson says.
Some people will take you to a friend’s house or even a car to meet you, and others will bring you up to a restaurant or a bar, where they will pay you to stay and then give you a drink.
“Once you are in that place, the first question is, ‘Are you ready to go out on a date?’
Sometimes people just ask if they can put you up for a night, or a weekend, or whatever, and if you are comfortable with that, then you are all set,” Mr Latt