As the times change, so does the way people do business.
The New York Post reports that sex workers in New York City are turning apartments rented through Airbnb into "places of business," eschewing the hotel experience. "It’s more discreet and much cheaper than The Waldorf," one prostitute explained to the Post, adding that "Hotels have doormen and cameras. They ask questions. Apartments are usually buzz-in."
According to the Post, escort services thrive by having sex workers rent apartments using personal Airbnb profiles:
The prostitute, a buxom brunette who charges up to $500 an hour, said her escort service generally rents an Airbnb apartment in the Financial District or Midtown West for up to a week at a time — then cycles numerous hookers through the place for trysts around-the-clock.
The agency flies under the radar by having its workers secure the apartments through their own Airbnb profiles, then has them pay the rent with prepaid debit cards. The apartments usually cost between $200 and $400 a day.
This has been to be a cost-efficient practice. "[They] probably save $200 to $300 a night by not getting a hotel," the sex worker said. "It’s really good for business," the prostitute told the Post. The problem is that news about seedy activity happening following Airbnb rentals and people returning to discover "evidence" has them understandably concerned:
One apartment that got turned into an hourly love nest belongs to publicist Jessica Penzari, 29, who rented it out through Airbnb March 21 through 23.
“She told me that she was in the Army and needed a place to hang out before she got shipped out,” Penzari said of her Airbnb “guest.”
“She said she was being deployed that week. She was asking for places to go out with her friends.”
But when a hooker got slashed by a client in the West 43rd Street apartment over the price of his “massage,” Penzari got a call from cops.
When she returned, Penzari was shocked to find telltale remnants including baby wipes and “at least 10 condoms.”
The Post adds that Airbnb is cooperating with NYPD over prostitution allegations. The best advice is to simply be wary about renting your apartment out on the Internet, as what you come home to might shock you
[via New York Post]