Please take your time to read this entire blog post. I will attempt to describe a business plan which could in theory make some budding entrepreneur very rich. Why don’t I jump on the opportunity? I am simply too lazy.
To begin, let it be said that this blog maintains a thoroughly Libertarian slant. We stand for the legalization of all non-violent activities including but not limited to drug use, suicide, gambling, gay marriage and most of all the legalization of sex work.
Not so long ago the landscape for change in America seemed bleak, often times it seems as though America was a place where change came very slowly. The recent election was a moment of significant hope and excitement. Across the country voters legalized many controversial items including expanded gambling, decriminalizing marijuana and enabling gay marriage. All issues that this blog believes are worth fighting for.
So next in line would logically be sex work no? Well not quite, you see we are dealing with a serious issue of conflation, and for the time being sex work = trafficking for mainstream society. I will now attempt to make an argument for why this theory is full of holes and why we should move now to collapse the entire concept.
Sex is legal and giving money to others is also legal. All we have is a problem of timing. Remember, if I spend 5,000 USD on a woman on a date and then have intercourse later that afternoon it is not considered prostitution. Also, dating a sugar baby is also not prostitution, as long as time passes between giving money and receiving sex. Both have been examined, and both have been found to be entirely legal.
Enter Bitcoin and Silk Road.
For those who are not aware of this phenomenon let me offer some background.
An anonymous digital currency that is backed by mathematical algorithm. It is not issued by a country and has no physical form. All you need to know is that it is traded world wide and has an exchange rate with every currency on the planet.
An anonymous online marketplace where all vendors accept Bitcoins as the primary form of payment. The anonymous nature of Bitcoins and the marketplace itself makes it a highly desirable place to exchange currency for illegal drugs. The marketplace has been functional for years and is is bring in millions of dollars worth of income monthly.
MY EXPERIENCE ON SILK ROAD
I recently made my first purchase on Silk Road for 5 pills of OxyContin for approximately 7 Bitcoins. The website has two kinds of actors, vendors and purchasers. One chooses who to do business with based on their published reputation, which is based on the success of their prior transactions.
First you make a purchase, the value of the purchase is subtracted from your account and placed into a escrow account until your product arrives.
Once the product arrives in the mail the purchaser is expected to log into the website and finalize payment, releasing the BItcoins from escrow sends the payment to the vendor. At that time the purchaser is asked to rate the vendor on their timeliness and professionalism.
A very simple model, which seems to work like a charm. The wonderful part is that Silk Road itself does not deal in drugs, it is simply a marketplace of independent distributors.
THE BUSINESS MODEL FOR SEX WORK
My current work flow for finding a paid companion is to first go to the internet and find a suitable provider. Communication often takes place over e-mail and/or text message. Once a proper fit is established we come up with a date and time for our appointment. All of which is seen as legal.
The problem comes on the day of the appointment. I must before hand get cash and carry it with me to my appointment. Once I enter her living space with the money in hand I have now committed the heinous crime of prostitution evidenced by the hundreds of dollars on my person.
However if I arrive at her location without any cash on hand, then we are simply and man and a woman preparing for an intimate afternoon, completely legal. So why would she meet me without cash for exchange?
Lets say I change the workflow. After we establish a connection via e-mail and text message, I then go forward to place 36 Bitcoins in her escrow account (digitally). Upon arrival to her location I release the Bitcoins from escrow with my smart phone. All of a sudden, proof of prostitution is completely absent. The only thing we have left is consensual intimacy between two adults. Completely legal!
The reason why the system must be based on Bitcoin is that it is anonymous. Tricks can afford to release private information to providers, but providers usually require the highest level of privacy. There is no banking or credit system that allows the level of privacy needed. Bitcoin is the first version of truly anonymous currency, providers will love it once they get used to it.
This essay is a rough draft, perhaps the reader can think of a few areas where this business plan could be improved. The important piece is that a fully functional anonymous market for illegal drugs exists and is very successful. We need the same kind of market for sex work, there is absolutely no reason why it could not be equally successful!
The definitions of both prostitution and human trafficking are overwhelmingly vague, so much so that they are virtually indefinable. We have been struggling with this ridiculous argument for far too long.
Obviously activities that are legal when free MUST be legal when paid, it is simply common sense.
Whomever reads this essay and understands its content will be positioned to make enormous amounts of money on transaction fees alone. Lets end this ridiculous conversation once and for all. I dare you to make the first move!