The app launched in August, but its developers have made changes since then to address those problems."Initially we actually required the clients to take a picture of the front and back of their ID and of their face, which is extremely invasive," he said."That was definitely a barrier and one we have worked around now by only requiring the escorts to sight the ID."So far, traffic on the app has been high but the number of bookings has been fewer than expected — there have been about 100 since the launch."The thing that's reassuring is that there is still such a massive problem… Cam Cox, the CEO of the Sex Workers Outreach Project in Sydney, said that like many other professions where people worked alone, sex work had its dangers."Sex work is like any other work and a lot of sex workers work as escorts, so they go out and they work alone in other peoples premises," he said."So they face the same sort of problems as maybe taxi drivers, plumbers, security guards who work alone, truck drivers — all those sort of people."But Mr Cox was sceptical that the app would do much to improve their conditions."Sex workers themselves are able to do that if they want to do that," he said."If [escorts] want to insist on a number of steps, I know some people who are very 'you have to do this, this and tick five boxes before you get a booking'."Mila Jovi, a name she uses for work, runs an escort agency in Sydney and said she thought stigma would stop people from taking advantage of the technology."Something so easy is probably a bit off-putting for some people…
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While sex work is legal in some Australian states, there are a number of risks for both parties. Developer Reuben Coppa said sex workers could list themselves on the application list, show when they were working, what type of appointments they were taking and their price points."[And] for clients they can load the application, they can see which sex workers are working and then how many minutes it would be to an appointment with them," he said.