Poppenreiter claims her site’s platform, as a result of its sleek interface and corporate identity, is strides ahead of its competing sites, like escorting site Mysugardaddy.Ohlala is also different from competitors because of its anonymity factor. In order for men on Ohlala to see the site’s women, they must first register and request a date.
As of now, only men can pay women for dates, but in the future straight and gay male escorts will be able to register as well.
Of course, safety is a concern for women on this site.
Women are able to report suspicious users, and Ohlala then notifies all women in touch with those users.
Poppenreiter also said she’s planning on introduce more safety features for the women using the site.
There’s a rich debate about the legality of sex work in the United States.
On one hand, if it were legalized women could unionize, experience tax and healthcare benefits, and be otherwise protected from exploitation.
On the other hand, if it’s legalized, then that encourages women to turn to sex work, further subjugating and sexualizing them. Which, in turn, would put pressure on women to sleep with them after the date, even while said dating service says it’s not an escort service.
Ohlala’s site does advertise its “Clarity,” stating, “Share what you’re looking for before the date even happens.” Vice reported that ever since Amnesty International proposed the decriminalization of sex work, the global debate over the morality of sex work has caught on even more fire than it already had, given that it’s the world’s oldest profession.
Rentboy.com, which was considered the world’s biggest male escort website, was recently forced to close in the United States.
Proponents of the sex work industry took Rentboy.com’s closure as a blow to their rights.
“The dates can be about just having dinner with someone.