No one is surprised when celebs are put on blast for spending time with an escort or call girl. Social media enjoyed watching Bobby Valentino run pantless from a transgender sex worker’s apartment, but were we really surprised that he may be paying money in exchange for sexual favors? No. Selling sex is the oldest profession in the book. It isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon and with Instagram and Snapchat allowing sex workers to find customers across the country and build their client base, it’s no surprise there has been a recent surge in sex work.
The “heaux app” was created in 2017 as a way to support and humanize sex workers. Entrepreneur Lydia Dupra says the app is necessary because sex workers are seen as a conduit to a necessary physical need but often aren’t seen as real people. Dupra knows first hand from being an escort for almost eight years after a brief stint in adult porn. “The money you make in this business can be very addictive,” she shares.
“Just because a woman is an escort doesn’t mean an Uber driver has the right to be inappropriate with her or ask her how much money she charges for her services,” Lydia says. “You would be surprised how insensitive people can be towards sex workers, yet it’s one of the most lucrative businesses to be in.” Aside from being asked inappropriate questions sex workers are often shamed and shunned by friends and family members so they often live a life of solitude. Dupra is the author of “The Complete Guide to Escorting” and acts as a mentor for young women looking to get involved in the sex industry. “I ask them if they would be humiliated if their grandparents saw them naked or found out what they do and if their answer is yes, I tell them this isn’t the business for them,” she explains.
Aside from being asked inappropriate questions ,sex workers are often shamed and shunned by friends and family members, so they often live a life of solitude. Dupra is the author of The Complete Guide to Escorting and acts as a mentor for young women looking to get involved in the sex industry.
“I ask them if they would be humiliated if their grandparents saw them naked or found out what they do and if their answer is yes, I tell them this isn’t the business for them,” she explains.
Although there are obvious pitfalls there will always be a demand for sex workers and there will always be those willing to cater to that demand. “Its a career built purely on fantasy so there are many people who will try it or at least fantasize about trying it although they would never admit it,” Dupra says.
Because being a sex worker is often a lucrative yet lonely lifestyle, Dupra believes the heaux app will allow members to feel a sense of community and support. “I got tired of getting kicked off Instagram or Twitter because of various reasons. For many sex workers their social media page is their main source of income. There are so many times they are kicked off or their pages are shut down and that can be devastating. The heaux app is a place where sex workers can come and be themselves and discuss issues without judgement,” Dupra says. She also hopes to add a feature so that workers can find drivers to help transport them safely to jobs and also to have a hotline that will alert workers across the country if there are certain customers that are dangerous.
“People resent things they don’t understand and sex workers are used to being categorized and labeled. This is an opportunity for us to support each other. The heaux app cuts through the crap of other sites that seek to sensationalize sex workers without offering a substantial network and an emotional safe haven,” Dupra says.
While she encourages sex workers to download the app, Dupra suggests users never post their real names or physical locations because of safety reasons. She wants to encourage her followers to get the most out of their business and to use it as a stepping stone to their next place in life. “Just because you use your body, doesn’t mean you can’t also use your brain,” Dupra believes.