PinkDate is a new mobile app and service that states that it is designed to connect sex workers and clients in much the same way as Uber connects drivers with riders.
The problem is, Consensual Transactional Sex (CTS) is NOT the same as getting a ride in a car.
I have serious issues with this service and cannot recommend it at all.
My first problem is that there are no sex workers involved in the design or leadership of this company. The one that was involved was kicked out, essentially for being a sex worker. The other creators felt that she was somehow a liability due to the current laws (which they openly intend to break anyway). Without the direct involvement of at least one current or former sex worker, there is little faith that this company will do anything to place the safety and security of sex workers as any sort of priority.
Second problem, this company is not a company. They have no status as any sort of business entity, anywhere. That is problematic and highly suspicious. That is the kind of thing scam artists do.
Third problem for me, they will only be using cryptocurrency—primarily Bitcoin. In my opinion cryptocurrencies are far to erratic and unstable to be useful. All transactions will be handled by Bitcoin.
Which brings us to problem number four—a really, really big one: All transactions go through PinkDate. Clients pay for sessions through the app. And PinkDate will be keeping about 20% of the transaction. As a long-time CTS client, I have always preferred paying providers directly. And 20% is absolutely ridiculous. Borderline offensive to me.
And now we come to another big problem. Number five: screening. Apparently, once a person is signed up, they are considered “screened”. There seems to be an implication that providers are supposed to only use PinkDate’s screening, not their own. Since all communication is supposed to go through the app, the sex workers are limited in their ability to do their own screening. Yet there are no real guarantees at this point concerning how PinkDate plans on screening clients. Questions as to whether they intend to use any of the existing blacklists available online have gone unanswered. That is less than reassuring.
And now we come to another problem: Who will be in control? The Sex Workers or the company? I pulled this quote from the PinkDate website:
“Working for PinkDate will be safer and more profitable than being independent or working for a local organization.”
Perhaps it’s just me, but this sounds like sex workers who contract with PinkDate will be employees. But since the “company” has no legal corporate identity, ladies are in fact working for what I can only describe as an online pimp. I fear that any ladies working for PinkDate will be giving up a lot of freedom. That is most unsettling.
We do not know who is running PinkDate, we don’t know how they are running it, where they are running it, or why. There are just too many questions and concerns. As such, The ValleyScott Blog advises both sex workers and clients to avoid PinkDate at this time.