WEIGHT: 47 kg
Sex services: Sex oral in condom, Massage professional, BDSM (receiving), Slave, Travel Companion
Eleni arranges the details of her dates. Victimized or emancipated. Forbid or decriminalize. No matter your stance in the prostitution debate, the fact is that people all over the world trade sex for money every day.
But how do those supplying and those demanding get together? In the past, that market took place on the street, in bordellos and brothels, in newspaper classified ads, and on websites like Backpage or Craigslist. But in Germany, where prostitution is legal, special apps have streamlined propositioning—or "initiating"—for the past year and a half or so. Peppr, developed by Pia Poppenreiter and Florian Hackenberger, wants to bring the Seamless principle to prostitution—sorting by zip code included.
Poppenreiter followed up with a second service a few weeks ago: Ohlala, which doesn't liaise escorts, but rather "paid dates. Everything is cuddly and not at all indecent. I wanted to know how the apps are being received, who is using them, and how sex work is changing when prostitution is as simple as a smartphone app's interface. What happens when the platform becomes the pimp? What does protecting sex workers in the smartphone world look like? The first thing I realize is how straightforward it is.
I count around people offering services in all of Germany, primarily in Berlin. Men are offering themselves too—very occasionally. There really isn't a lot going on here. Prices start at euros and go up from there. I contact a few of the "Pepprs" randomly. In order to make contact, I have to say how long I'd like to book for, or if I have any "extras"—fetishes, for example—that need to be taken into account. Of course I have an extra—I want an interview.
Toni and Eleni eventually say that they're willing to meet. Their conditions are they we don't use their real names and that we don't take any pictures that could reveal their identity. Eleni, a year-old who lives in Berlin, is employed full-time by a media agency. She earns money from Peppr on top of her salary for traveling and good food, she told me.