Once established, such “personal data aggregation” firms could provide similar services to people outside the sex industry by protecting personal health and legal information for easy disclosure on a cellphone.
Market forces will probably create a sex trade regardless of our laws. “We’ve basically let this [online prostitution] stuff happen because ‘gee, it’s not too bad for the guys,'” he says.
It’s the mail-order-bride industry of the digital age, featuring sites like Anastasia Date (“Date a Russian beauty”), Cherry (“Dating Asian Women”), and Amo (“Love knows no boundaries”).
These sites host “love tours” of third-world countries for Western men, many of whom return married to a woman who is essentially a sex slave.
Then there’s the other online sex market: The one you pay for.
These services make it more convenient than ever for men to buy sex, but they leave the women in as much danger as before–if not more, because malicious johns are harder to track online. If adapted to sex work, dating technologies could make prostitution healthier for everyone involved. The Internet has made it easier than ever to turn to prostitution, and it’s made the process of selling sex more efficient: No need for a pimp or a brothel, just an Internet connection and a sex worker can be in business. has taken a tact that is different from social democracies in Europe in terms of its sex work policies.
The Prostitution 3.0 system would crack down, in particular, on customers who buy sex on the black market, and on pimps who sell women illegally, rather than trying to prosecute the prostitutes themselves.