Sites to find sex
Omuro also added a key functionality—he made it possible for sex workers to advertise their services.
Red Book may have been full of racy talk and the promise of erotic assignations, but the site itself was anything but sexy.
The officer says something quietly to her, and she walks back to her post. Providers could choose to meet only customers who were well known and well liked on Red Book's forums, and some workers even required references from other escorts on the site before taking on a new client.
A beat later, the cops are gone, and she continues to hail passersby—just a little more subtly now. “Red Book provided a space to safely negotiate and screen clients that reduced the likelihood of being victimized by predators or cops,” says Kristina Dolgin of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, a national advocacy group.
But the most valuable part of the site was its reviews section.
Red Book tapped into the persistent, age-old, bottomless appetite for prostitution and made it safer and more civilized.
The site was efficient, well stocked, and probably too successful for its own good.
You could pay a month for access to the section, where VIP customers shared detailed write-ups of their experiences with escorts, BDSM providers, and erotic masseuses.
As part of their reviews, users listed the services they received, as well as details about the provider's physical attributes.