Escorts hail revolutionary ‘swipe-to-sex’ app as hundreds of call girls sign up

An Uber-style app designed to connect escorts with clients in just three minutes has launched its expansion across the UK.

Hundreds of escorts have signed up to the service Smooci which allows punters to connect with sex workers with just a few swipes.

Smooci chiefs have announced they are now launching the app – which has been described as the number one escort booking service in Bangkok – in Manchester and Liverpool.

The service first launched in the UK last year and aims to creating a safer platform for sex workers – and now has a total of 367 escorts signed up.

Three escorts have spoken to Daily Star Online about the app which they hope will help break down the stigma around work in the sex industry.

And just like on Uber, Smooci clients and escorts can leave each other ratings and has GPS to try and ensure safety for both sides, completing almost 124,000 transactions worldwide since launch.

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Natalie Wood, a sex worker from London who prefers the term “companion” to escort, told Daily Star Online about work on the app.

She said: “The biggest benefits of Smooci is that I still get to work independently without feeling like I’m on my own.

“I feel I am given security by this app as I am totally in control of my bookings and finances as I keep every penny I make.

“The ratings and, genuine reviews also give me that level of reassurance about who I am meeting.”

And she hit out at critics of the sex industry, saying people need to “wake up”.

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Natalie – who got into the industry to help fund her lifestyle – added: “The more the industry is negatively looked upon the less the conversation happens, it is a much more common for people to work in this industry than most people think.”

She added she fins sex work “empowering”, and said Smooci allows escorts to feel more secure and makes the “experience better” for both sides of the transaction.

“I don't like the secrecy and stigma that is associated with the industry,” Natalie said.

“I don't feel I am able to be as open about what I do as I could be, I'd like more open-conversation and support to be available between those working in the industry and I feel using Smooci is a step in the right direction for that.

“They are championing a more efficient and safer way of working.”

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Jenni Jones, a former glamour model, from Liverpool, told Daily Star Online also hailed the increased safety on Smooci – and she also said there is a “general misunderstanding” around sex work.

She said explained the best part of the job is being in able to choose her own hours and pick and choose who she meets.

The 42-year-old explained: “Generally, my clients are very polite and respectful towards me as I am of them.

“I have a great network of support from other girls in the profession and have made some very good friendships.”

And she added she hopes to help break down the stigma around sex work through apps like Smooci.

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Charlotte Rose, who twice ran as an MP on a platform of decriminalisation for sex workers, also now uses Smooci.

She also hopes apps like Smooci will help to normalise the industry – hitting back at those who want to “degrade” someone because of their job.

Rose, a former teacher, said: “Sex work is work, it pays the bills just like any other job.”

She added: “Smooci will definitely help change mainstream opinions about sex work and shows it’s not the underground and dirty entity that a lot of people think it is.

“Stigma is caused by the lack of understanding towards the sex industry.

“People who enter the industry are seen as the lowest form by the general public, which is commonly sparked by the poor representation by the media and/or by government groups who think they know best for sex workers when they’ve never even been a sex worker themselves, stated that all sex workers are victims and this is just not true.”

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Rose went on: “The majority of critics who discuss sex work aren’t even sex workers who think they know best in how to keep sex workers safe, but their skewed feminist views of making ‘women’ safe, actually puts sex workers in more danger.

“Criminalisation (criminalising the client) is the worst thing that could happen to sex worker.

“Only law breakers would be happy to go see a sex worker, which means competition will increase, sex workers will lower their safety standards to insure work and this in itself goes against our human rights to work, earn and feed our families.

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“Not forgetting that this penalises people who specifically use sex workers as their only form of human contact.

“If the law isn’t going to protect us we need new ways to do it ourselves and Smooci is part of that.”

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Prostitution is itself legal in the UK – but it is illegal to solicit in a public place, or to own or manage a brothel, and it is also totally illegal to sell sex in Northern Ireland.

CPS officials have said the “focuses on the prosecution of those who force others into prostitution” and the want to “help those involved in prostitution develop routes out”.

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