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New York prostitutes are increasingly plying their trade using Facebook instead of Craigslist, following the latter's exit from the adult services business last year. A study by sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh on trends in the world's oldest profession, published by Wired, estimated that 25 percent of hookers' regular …


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  1. mccp


    Whilst reading this article the page was displaying a Blackberry banner ad, a skyscraper ad, a block ad in the copy and to the side an ad for a 'Win a BB' competition. The comments page is equally splattered in BB ads.

    Do you expect a lot of ladies of the night will be reading this?


  2. daniel hobson
    Paris Hilton


    Prostitution... theres an app for that

    Paris simply because she is a whore

    1. Anonymous Coward


      there's the clap for that.

      Sorry, /hides in shame.

    2. Andy ORourke

      Isn't there a Tom Tom Add on.........

      listing red light districts so that you can "avoid" them?

    3. FozzyBear


      ISlap or ISpank. Though inquiring minds do want to know how many will move over the FondleSlab

  3. Frank Bough

    Q. What do you call a woman with a Blackberry?

    A. A self-employed whore.

    Hmm. Think that one needs a bit of work before it's ready for the dinner party...

  4. umacf24
    Dead Vulture

    Asking for it

    Given the nature of the Register's commentariat it seems that asking for jokes on a prostitution story is a short cut to moderator outrage. Enjoy.

    1. ian 22

      Asking for it?

      Given the nature of the Register's commentariat it seems that asking for jokes on a prostitution story is unnecessary.

  5. Wommit

    I have two Blackberries

    I must be twice the whore.

    1. maclovinz

      Nah... just allow it in the 'chute'.

      That's what the "number 2" BB is for.

  6. Anonymous Coward

    "Hilarious Joke"

    Big Jobs ain't what you need whilst RIMming

  7. The main man
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    Andriod and WP7

    So how many have Andriods and Windows 7? I think FB is the way to go for these ladies. Sites like Gumtree are too sleazy and on FB (i have seen a few) she doesn't really need to advertise her services. She might put a semi nude or generally hot pic as her profile pic and then spam fanpages by saying "please add me". If you add her (which i did a few times and then removed) you will have access to her sem naked pics. Just a quick emal saying "hi do you do escort"? brings up her prices, availability and things she does and does not do. If FB shuts her profile down, she will open another one continuing the cycle

    1. Wommit
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      you're really

      experienced in this aren't you.

      Umm... CRB check - has FB account; must be 'a consumer of services'; these ladies _must_ have been illegally trafficed.

      So you're fired, in jail, and on the register for life pervert!

      1. maclovinz

        @Wommit: or YOU'RE really...

        A) Ignorant

        B) Religi- ah....see 'A'

    2. Richard 31
      Paris Hilton


      100 - 70 (BB users) - 11 = 19% of Android/Win 7 phones. Probably all android as noone seems to be using Win 7

      Although how many of them use other phones for their normal contacts isn't covered. :)

  8. Anonymous Coward

    Telephone Boxes

    Since the invention of the mobile phone, I suspect most of us haven't been in a phonebox for a while.

    So it will be interesting to take a trip around the local boxes here in Edinburgh and see how many of the, er, business cards have the little "f like" facebook logo.

    Coat is on, back shortly .......

  9. turnip handler

    forced to share revenue...

    Of course the majority haven't got iPhones, as the article says they are trying to:

    "...sidestep some of the pimps, madams, and other intermediaries who once took a share of the revenue".

  10. Steve McPolin


    So, if I want a rim job I choose one with a blackberry?

  11. Jack 12

    If the blackberry is the phone of choice...

    Does that make prostitution a RIM-job?

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  13. Anonymous Coward

    The common feature between IT and SEX professions?

    Its a dizzying array of acronyms for services that seem to bewilder the outsider, but provide a neat short-hand to those "in the know".

    My favourite line from Beerfest,... "Whats a Z-J?" "Buddy if you gotta ask, you don't want to know".

    I'm off for a snowball (No, don't check the weather forecast).

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Another common feature....

      Both IT types and sex industry workers are used to getting a thorough shafting from end users.

  14. yeahyeahno

    Blackberry Whores

    My girlfriend owns 3 Blackberry's...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Old saying: be careful what you ask for...!

    2. Anonymous Coward


      Three Blackberry's what?

  15. Nick Davey

    What amazes me... that this bloke has managed to get money to spend his days checking out ladies of negotiable affections on t'Interwebs.

  16. Anonymous Coward

    Prof. Venkatesh has some interesting research topics

    I have heard of Professor Venkatesh before - he appears in one chapter of Steven Levitt's book "Freakanomics", where he was involved in a project to document the working economics of a drugs gang (not being white or black, he was able to gain the trust of the gang leader, even down to checking out where the money was being made and where it went). Apparently his current project was also in partnership with Steven Levitt.

    Check out the Wikipedia article on "Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh".

  17. wtf is an handle?


    EVERYBODY who owns a bb is a money whore!

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      RE: indeed

      Hey, as an IT professional, I'd just like to say I wouldn't get into bed for less than £jubbillion per hour.

      /posted from my Blackberry.

  18. JaitcH

    Where is the Sheriff of Chicago, or all those other prudes?

    I guess the Sheriff has another problem, in his mind, he must deal with but he has all those Attorney-Generals from the bible thumping states to lend a hand.

    Facebook's reaction might be different to Craigslist so this challenge to the Sheriff's morals might turn out differently.

    1. Heathroi

      possibly you mean

      the sheriff of Cook County, Tom Dart. The City of Chicago's police chief is Commissioner

      Jody Weiss. Move along, sir.

  19. Darryl
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    Just gotta say...

    Opened up my lunch, opened up my browser, surfed over to El Reg while taking my first bite, nearly spit sandwich all over my desk.

    This article has one of the best sub-headlines ever!

  20. David Glasgow

    fruitle entendre

    Apple and Blackberry tart.


  21. Anonymous Coward


    how many have iPads?

  22. Anonymous Coward

    Revision time

    After reading this article I am going to have to rethink my long held belief that most FB'ers are w*nk*rs

  23. BorkedAgain


    My fifteen-year-old daughter has a blackberry.


  24. Anonymous Coward

    my blackberry is free....but very expensive

    My employer provides my blackberry so it is free....but i have to work every hour of every things are expensive

    I am married and the sex is free.........except it is more expensive than prostitutes

    IT and Sex are more similar every day

  25. S Larti


    Big Apple and Blackberry tarts.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The choice of phones makes sense.

    Most of those who worked out that a smartphone would help them make money did so a few years ago, when Blackberry was the smartphone of choice. No doubt the iphone will achieve some penetration of this market when it feels good and ready but it's a slow-starter and needs a lot of coaxing to cater for such a modern customer base.

  27. Steve Babb

    Poke.... this FB trialling a new charging system...."Pay to Poke" !?

  28. Anne Tenna
    Jobs Horns

    A RIM?

    It appears that seven times as many prostitutes prefer a good RIM than hand Jobs their business.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      "hand Jobs" ?

      'nuff said!

      The hand icon...

  29. Aggellos

    people pay good money for it

    what is this story about all i see is blackberry adverts is this phishing site or just a golden shower

  30. Anonymous Coward


    FaceBook will be renamed FacialBook?

    (Anonymous coward. I wonder why...)

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