PinkDate Verification & Safety

They just wanted to make money off the backs of escorts.
— Sarah Stevens, former President of PinkDate

PinkDate & Escort Safety

PinkDate aims to be the Uber of escorting! The platform will be beneficial for escorts & clients regarding verification and bookings. 

 Image courtesy of    PinkDate.

Image courtesy of PinkDate.

False Appreciation

However, many have pointed out the risk factors associated with this new entity, and how PinkDate doesn't even acknowledge sex workers to begin with.

Maybe PinkDate is creating a safe space for escorts & clients, or maybe they're just deceiving the community for their own financial gain.

Innovation Anonymous

 PinkDate now has an anonymous team working on an anonymous crypto global escorting network.

PinkDate now has an anonymous team working on an anonymous crypto global escorting network.

Too pimp-like and not safe to use.

— Sex worker's opinion about PinkDate

Anonymity, encryption & cryptocurrency will be the main force of PinkDate. It will also be able to be accessed worldwide even in countries where sex work is illegal.

Business Issues > Safety Issues

The owners behind this innovation are anonymous. 

Sarah Stevens was the President, and it was rumored that she stepped down to her own safety.

However, Stevens has stated herself numerous times, that she left the company because of their worrisome marketing plan of their advertising portal. 

The company's original founders, and the location of the company's headquarters are still nowhere to be found.

 Escorts on PinkDate are required to have an active social media. Mainly Twitter.

Escorts on PinkDate are required to have an active social media. Mainly Twitter.

We can Be Secretive, But Not Y'all

PinkDate is all anonymous, but they want their users to hand over personal information such as government issued IDs. PinkDate also wants their escorts to have active social media accounts as well, preferably Twitter. 

Strangers On the Internet

Escorts have to risk being outed and other personal privacy situations. Now, if they want to try PinkDate, they have to now trust an anonymous team of strangers with their sensitive info?

The Slow, Slow Downside of Anonymous Teams

When I started working with PinkDate I thought to myself: “How hard can it be to work with an anonymous team? It should be the same as working with a remote team, right?”. To put it politely, I was being very naive.
— Roger, PinkDate spokesperson via their blog
 Anonymous secure servers will slow basic communication down between escorts & clients on PinkDate's platform. 

Anonymous secure servers will slow basic communication down between escorts & clients on PinkDate's platform. 

Anonymity of the Early 2000's

Basically, running an anonymous team & an anonymous communication channel for escorts/clients on their platform, is going to be much slower due to some technicalities.

Basic Communication Is Slower

The anonymous team's basic communication channels would be much slower due to lack of tools, so having an entire anonymous team is going to have major setbacks due to time consumption; furthermore, these channels would also impact the escort/client communication via PinkDate's system. 

Our community was wiser when they said that our roadmap was “quite aggressive”. We learned, the hard way, that they were right.
— Roger, PinkDate spokesperson regarding their 'super anonymous' channel for escorts & clients will be difficult to enforce due to limited tools and companies backing out to support their new fully anonymous entity

Security, Convenience, Safety

PinkDate Client Verification

PinkDate says they will screen & verify their clientele just as their escorts, but the escorts know they're lying.

PinkDate lack of awareness of the escorts contacting them for help & such, but PinkDate just ignores them. 

Now, they just seem to present false promises to the sex work community with claims of client verification and such.

Pinkdate Tokens

PinkDate is not a legal entity. They're operating as an ICO token company. They're currently receiving more than $1 million in crypto tokens through their offerings.

 One way of verification.

One way of verification.

Clients will be asked to provide personal information. However, sex workers are worried the company is not doing everything in its might to cross-reference those clients with industry blacklist data. According to Roger, all client information will be provided to client. But escorts find this scheme dubious given the technical glitches and product launch delays.
— Block News, 'Uber for Escorts' Not Safe for Sex Workers
 PinkDate doesn't screen buyers of tokens in their ICO.

PinkDate doesn't screen buyers of tokens in their ICO.

No Screen, Give Token

Stevens has said that PinkDate does not have a screening process for their token system. A spokesperson for PinkDate later confirmed her statement.

PinkDate is not registered as a legal entity. We are extra-jurisdictional and operate anonymously,
— Roger, PinkDate spokesperson

highly illegal Crypto

Rivals of another crypto fueled escorting platform, Lovr, had their own opinions about PinkDate's lack of medical check-ups for their escorts & clients. Lovr stated that PinkDate's approach is unethical and highly illegal even in areas where escorting is legal.

 LOVR - Rival of PinkDate. Accuses the new entity of being  highly illegal.  Image courtesy of   Crypto Smile.

LOVR - Rival of PinkDate. Accuses the new entity of being highly illegal. Image courtesy of Crypto Smile.

 

Medically Legal Requirements

Platforms that are catered for escorts & clients are required to inform their users of regular medical check-ups, and enforce that the users get them performed!

They do zero know-your-customer and anti-money laundering [checks]. Since they’re not a legal entity, this is not even a security token offering,” Stevens said,.
— Sarah Stevens, former President of PinkDate

The Money Hungry & Escorts

The app takes a substantial cut of 20 percent of the sex workers’ earnings. A similar company, SpankChain charges 5 percent.
— RT Business News, Sex Workers Slam Crypto 'Uber for Escorts'

Another area of concern for sex workers was PinkDate's payout system since the company is taking a good amount of their own earnings.

No PinkDate

I was excited in the initial beginning of this escort/client app. My colleagues were boasting about the app, how awesome it was dedicated ot us escorts/clients to meet up quicker & safer, Sarah Stevens being an ex-sex worker, etc.

Don't treat your costumers like they're useless. Actually show support for the community that you're basing your product, service, etc on. 

2018 - the Year of the Sex Worker

The passing of FOSTA, shutdown of Backpage, and other digital dilemmas within the escort realm have shown escorts that they need more sex worker created platforms and sex worker friendly platforms.

“They clearly don’t care about the girls on the site. None of us got emails explaining what’s going on.
— Anonymous sex worker speaking out against PinkDate

Sex Worker Made, Sex Worker Friendly Websites

    Crockor Classifieds    created by Australian sex workers after Backpage's sister site, Cracker was seized.

Crockor Classifieds created by Australian sex workers after Backpage's sister site, Cracker was seized.

Progressive Digital Sex Work

The shutdowns spanned many new websites that are either created by sex workers themselves, sex worker friendly or both!

Now, with more sex workers having a bit more control in their own industry via advertising, they're generally more aware of, and even wary of new websites popping up and proclaiming their neverending love for sex workers.

Cut the bullshit. 

 

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