Thursday, April 24, 2014

New App Helps Germans Find Prostitutes

52, and Still Working the Streets

Now You Can Hire a Prostitute Like You Hire an Uber

If a German app launched this month succeeds, smartphones could well be the next big marketplace for prostitution. Not unlike Uber for sex workers, the Berlin-based Peppr app uses GPS to connect potential clients with prostitutes in their immediate area. Prostitution is legal in Germany, and the app's declared intention is to save prostitutes from having to pound sidewalks for customers. It was created by Austrian developer Pia Poppenreiter – you couldn’t make up her (actually genuine) last name, which translates loosely as "screw-rider" – who came up with the idea after seeing sex workers out of doors on a cold night. "The story always sounds corny, but it's true,"