Not so long ago Backpage was one of the leading websites in the world for commercial sex workers to post advertisements. It was also one of the most popular websites in the world for guys interested in hiring sex workers to look for escorts. Apparently the website was also used by more nefarious forces however.
By now the news that Backpage was shut down has made its way around the world and back. The website was closed by order of authorities while litigation pends against people responsible for or otherwise involved with the site.
Because of this untold numbers of punters have surely been searching out other websites as alternatives to Backpage. A few such websites have emerged though they all seem to have the same flaws as the original site that is now shuttered. There are of course also some older websites around though they are limited by a number of factors with some very possibly set to close down next.
Increasingly things are moving towards smart phones. That doesn’t mean that all traffic is going to mobile devices but a lot of it has been redirected from the old web page based model to sleeker and more capable responsive websites that are easy to view and navigate on phones and tablets. Smooci is posed to be the leader of such web based setups in Asia.
Regular readers of this website and others like it, along with general observers of the commercial sex industry in Thailand, may already be familiar with Smooci. It launched in the land of smiles a while back and made quite a splash. In a relatively short period of time Smooci has become the biggest database of working escorts in Bangkok and they are now set to expand to several other cities and countries around the world.
I have learned that Smooci will launch its services in Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Kuala Lumpur in the immediate future. That covers many of the major cities of south Asia and is sure to make quite an impact. It is very likely to make Smooci the most popular alternative to Backpage in Asia. The way things are going, Smooci could conceivably even become more popular than that controversial site ever was.
I don’t know if I would be considered an expert on the subject but I have spent a lot of time and energy on researching the commercial sex industry around the world. Much of my focus has been on Asia in particular. Asia is also where the bulk of the world’s population lives. Smooci is in a position to take advantage of the large population and correspondingly large adult entertainment industry with its expansion.
What is Smooci? It is basically a curated database of escorts. Customers can browse the escorts listed on the Smooci website with either a computer or a mobile device. The database is open to the general public but those who pay for a premium membership get a lot of added features.
Smooci contains profiles of escorts who sign up for the website. Each profile has pictures and stats of the escorts along with other information including verified photographs and user reviews. Each profile also lists the price the escort asks, what services they provide, and whether they are working for an agency or independent. Escorts can be filtered by these and other aspects of their profiles too.
The general public can only view the profiles of escorts that are online. The general public is also limited to booking sessions that are two hours or longer and cannot book sessions more than four hours in advance.
Premium members get full access to the site. Premium members can book sessions that are anywhere from one hour to twenty four hours long. They can also book sessions up to 24 hours in advance. Premium members can see community reviews too. Finally, premium members can track the location of escorts they book as they travel from wherever they are to the agreed meeting place. It’s almost like an Uber for escorts.
Smooci has become incredibly popular in Bangkok even though there are all sorts of adult establishments around the city. It seems very likely that it could become even popular in other cities where it will soon open.