Sites to find sex
In July, Omuro was charged with using the Internet to facilitate prostitution and 24 counts of money laundering.Lanoce was charged with using the Internet to facilitate prostitution.The site brought in revenue from fees paid by Red Book users for access to the site's enhanced features.It's unclear why the authorities targeted Red Book and not the array of other sites where sex is openly bought and sold.You might mistake her for a lady on her way out to buy groceries, except she's wearing cartoonishly thick lipstick and heavy eye makeup, especially striking in the middle of the day. A guy on a Harley stops at a red light, and the woman lewdly thrusts her hips in his direction. But when Red Book was shut down, the people who were hit the hardest weren't the buyers, but the sellers—sex workers like Cathy for whom the site had made the world's oldest profession significantly less risky.
A beat later, the cops are gone, and she continues to hail passersby—just a little more subtly now. “Red Book provided a space to safely negotiate and screen clients that reduced the likelihood of being victimized by predators or cops,” says Kristina Dolgin of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, a national advocacy group.
In 2012 Twitter installed its lavish new headquarters in an old art deco building on Market Street, kicking off a surge of corporate moves to the area by the likes of Uber, Spotify, Yammer, and Square.
In turn, hundreds of young tech workers have recently relocated to the Tenderloin and are rapidly changing the economics of a neighborhood that has managed to resist gentrification for decades.
Launched in 1999 by a Mountain View, California, tech entrepreneur named Eric “Red” Omuro, Red Book began as a modest hub for mongers (Internet slang for johns) to discuss the local scene and post reviews of escorts.
As it grew, the site expanded beyond the Bay Area, adding sections for Southern California, the Central Coast, Phoenix, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest.