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Alternatives for clients and workers

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I'll keep this updated as frequently as I can, but here is a list of Backpage alternatives collated by myself and Mikki Mischief, who is an utter champion for all their hard work.

Sex workers from these areas, please DM me info on alternate directories for your country: Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, the EU, the UK, Ireland.

Peer Owned and Run

Tryst, international but based out of Australia, is run by Lola Hunt and her team of wonderful sex worker positive IT gurus, Assembly Four. I have met them, and I was really impressed by their work ethic and their dedication to helping us out; they're very open to feedback, and their site is easy to navigate and use. They have three Twitter accounts, one for Australia, one for Asia, and one for other international workers. You should absolutely set up a profile with them and help to boost their SEO -- they are all doing this for free, and it is such a wonderfully put together website. I am proud to have a profile with them!

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Available Angels is run by current sex worker Eden Love, who has spent so much of her personal time and money to make a website that is easy to navigate and has a lot of features that are unique in the industry. Free listings are available conditionally in cities where they are improving higher SEO rankings or have limited listings in that area. They will retweet things that you tag them in on Twitter!

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

⏺️ Free ads available

⏺️ Page one of Google searches

Crockor is a classifieds type website run by an experienced industry professional whose passion is helping out those who are not able to afford premium ads on top websites. They have international websites, as well as a Twitter account, and they are somewhat responsive to messages and email. The only thing they charge for is premium ads ($5 each) and bumps ($2 each), a far cry from Backpage's absolute rip off of $10 bumps in its latter days.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Scarlet Blue is one of the biggest directories in the country. They are always on page one of any search, but their ads start at $66 per month for the basic package, and $132 per month for the standard package. The owner, Karly, has been out of the game for a while, but is very responsive to emails and Twitter tags. There is no specific area for massage providers, but you can advertise on there as a massage provider.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

⏺️ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

✅ Page one of Google searches

Sex Work Oz Promotions have a Twitter account and will retweet your content if you tag them in it. They also provide space to promote yourself on their site, and it is free to ask to have your website or advertising displayed on their website.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Free Ads

Skokka is not hosted or run from Australia, but they do provide ads here. They can retweet you if you like, but they're not too resposive to tags; they will often tweet out your profile at random though. WARNING: please check to see if you are already listed on there. Skokka has a nasty habit of scraping ads from other websites and posting them on their site, then when you confront them, denying that it was their company and putting the blame on an unknown independent entity. However, if you make an account and post there, you will have control over your ads, and their bumps etc are very reasonably priced. They are page on of searches in most cities, but they do not have a specific section for straight male escorts.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

⏺️ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

✅ Page one of Google searches

Escortify have a great free option, otherwise they are $70 per month for the VIP package, and they also have a diamond package above that. You can advertise there as a massage or BDSM provider, but it is in no way optimised for you. They have no options for trans providers, and everything is very female centred.

❌ Trans inclusive

⏺️ BDSM friendly

⏺️ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

⏺️ Page one of Google searches

Swagmates is run by someone who is admitedly a former client of sex workers, and is now part owned by Peyton Sins. Accounts are free to set up and run, though they can be a touch difficult to navigate, with unstated photo size limits. They have paid options as well: 4 credits per day to highlight your listing, 1C to bump, 10C per day to feature your listing. You get 50 free credits on sign up, and further credits are $1 each. They do have a Twitter, but I have not seen them retweet people who tag them.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

 

Locanto are only in this free ads section because they offer them to BDSM providers and erotic masseuses. For nearly everyone else, they are expensive: a top or gallery ad will run you $39.95 per week, and a premium ad will cost $9.95 a week.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

⏺️ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Dirty Playbook has a Twitter account and will tweet out promotional things for you, from one or both of their accounts; here is the second one. Pricing: standard is free, featured is $48/month, premium is $72/month.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Open Adult Directory is free to list with if you can wait for a week or two. If you can't wait, they charge you $65 to have your listing up within two days (after what I assume is a moderation process), and $265 per year for a highlighted listing. This is the international stage and not just Australia, so there are a lot more workers listed on here than you would expect. They are mostly for adult directories, or agencies and brothels to list as businesses, but as independent workers are also businesses, they accept listings from us too. Very optimised for BDSM providers.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Sex List Club is free to advertise, but they don't have anything in the way of SEO.

✅ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

❌ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Adult Ads Australia, free to advertise, no real Google ranking. They do accept male escorts, but you have to go through a whole bunch of menus to find them.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

⏺️ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Pink Pages apparently does free listings, but I am unsure whether they allow it in the escort section. They are a classifieds type site, and nicely presented, but historically classifieds sites have charged escorts a lot of money to prop up the other sections.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

More Directories

Escorts and Babes are not industry run, and they are expensive for what they offer, but they are a solid option for Queensland and regional areas especially. Their algorithm means that you don't get much bang for your buck especially if you are in an area where you will need frequent "boosts", like major cities. This is because they are not a website just for independent workers, and you will find a lot of agency, managed, and brothel workers on there, whose managers have a lot more capital to work with than you do. They will retweet things that you tag their account in. Male friendly, but definitely not optimised for it, so I wouldn't bother if you are male. $10/week weekly membership, $50/month standard, $47/week elite featured, $75/week homepage, $180/month elite ad boosting, $110/month elite featured monthly. Boosts are $25 EACH.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

⏺️ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

✅ Page one of Google searches

Private Girls, at this late stage, cannot be said to be peer run anymore; the woman who owns them has been out of the industry for a really long time. No free options are available, but here are their latest pricing details: $165 per month for a one state profile, and $198 per month if you want to tour. They do tweet out promotional stuff for you from their account. They have a separate website specifically for men.

❌ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

❌ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

⏺️ Page one of Google searches

Naughty Ads has taken off after Backpage went down, partly by privately contacting escorts to promote them. They do not have any free options, and pricing is as follows: $30/month standard package, $99.95/month premium package. They have clung to page one in a few cities. They will auto tweet your ads, but they do not retweet content.

✅ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

❌ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

⏺️ Page one of Google searches

Penthouse you will need to contact to get featured in their publications, but they're really good for promotion.

❌ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Joyfinder services Australia and is based out of Sydney; pricing information is unknown.

❌ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

❌ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

My Playmate has an appeasing layout, but no publicly available pricing information and no decent SEO.

❌ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

We R Escorts is hosted out of Australia, despite the spelling errors. Their pricing information is not publicly available, and though it seems to be free to create an account, I have no idea of their packages.

✅ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

True Local is not at all designed for sex workers, but you can advertise on there!

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Top Escort Babes are international and free, but the reason they're down here instead of under "free ads" is mostly because of their poor SEO and the fact that they refer to transgender female escorts as "shemales", which is awful.

⏺️ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Escort News.eu doesn't have prices listed publicly, and it is international. Not great for advertisers in Australia.

✅ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

❌ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

6th is an oddly named site, with no publicly listed pricings.

❌ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

❌ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Local Search is a classifieds site with no publicly listed prices.

✅ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

❌ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

My RhondaVu is notorious for cold messaging escorts, and they have no pricing information available unless you sign up for a free account.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Front Page is Melbourne and Sydney only, and is a classifieds website with no publicly available prices. They accept male advertisers, but only have a section for gay males.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

⏺️ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Escort Match is very small and may or may not be abandoned by its creator. No publicly listed pricing.

✅ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

❌ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Specifically for Male Escorts

What happened?

On April 7th 2018, the owner of Backpage was arrested by the FBI; here's the news story from CNN. Backpage is a huge resource for so many sex workers around the world, and even though there are many other platforms, since advertising is expensive, many workers only used one site - the most popular one. So overnight, people have lost their only source of income, especially BDSM, kink, R&T, and erotic massage providers, for whom Backpage was a huge platform.

This was not motivated by FOSTA/SESTA entirely, as the bill is yet to be signed by President Trump, but that bill and specifically the Cloud Act are proving to have far reaching consequences for international sex workers as well as American ones. I will make a new post dealing with this in a while, but for now, here's an interesting article on how this may affect all of us.

FOSTA has since been signed into law by Trump. Here's an article on what it is and how it affects Australian sex workers by Gala Vanting (follow her on Twitter).

What's the big deal? I don't even use Backpage.

Before it was removed, when you Googled "escorts [your city]", you would notice that the top page wass Cracker or Backpage (in Australia or the US). Yeah. Most escorts/massage practitioners/BDSM providers advertised there. It was the first place clients went to look for escorts. When nearly 70% of the industry uses a site that has gone down permanently, they're going to panic. Their ads are just gone, and many haven't saved the text they put on there, or spent the credits they paid for. I used it, and plenty of my friends who would fall into the "high class" niche used it - it is not class specific. Lucky you for being privileged enough to never use it though, if that's you! But lots of people have lost what is effectively their only source of income overnight. This was a huge deal for our community, whether you were advertising with them or not.

New Zealand Alternatives

NZ Pleasures are peer run and a wonderful website for escorts to advertise on. They have a Twitter account and will promote your content if you tag them. They offer a free base ad with a $30 per month upgrade, pricing can be found here. They aren't yet the top of the Google search, but they're on page one!

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

✅ Page one of Google searches

Tryst, international but based out of Australia, is run by Lola Hunt and her team of wonderful sex worker positive IT gurus, Assembly Four. I have met them, and I was really impressed by their work ethic and their dedication to helping us out; they're very open to feedback, and their site is easy to navigate and use. They have three Twitter accounts, one for Australia, one for Asia, and one for other international workers. You should absolutely set up a profile with them and help to boost their SEO -- they are all doing this for free, and it is such a wonderfully put together website. I am proud to have a profile with them!

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Escortify have a great free option, otherwise they are $70 per month for the VIP package, and they also have a diamond package above that. You can advertise there as a massage or BDSM provider, but it is in no way optimised for you. They have no options for trans providers, and everything is very female centred.

❌ Trans inclusive

⏺️ BDSM friendly

⏺️ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

✅ Page one of Google searches

 

Scarlet Blue is also available in New Zealand. They are always on page one of the search, but their ads start at $66 per month for the basic package, and $132 per month for the standard package. The owner, Karly, has been out of the game for a while, but is very responsive to emails and Twitter tags. There is no specific area for massage providers, but you can advertise on there as a massage provider.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

⏺️ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

✅ Page one of Google searches

New Zealand Girls, or NZGirls are the top escort website. Unfortunately, they also have extremely terrible policies - if you advertise with them, they insist on exclusivity, and you cannot advertise anywhere else. If they find out that you have, they terminate your advertising. They're also slightly racist. If you need to advertise here, by all means please do! But I'm sure everyone would prefer to support a directory that doesn't set out to actively sabotage your business if you diversify your options. They are not peer run, and prices start at $65 per month.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

✅ Page one of Google searches

Escort Me is free to advertise. I am not sure if there are paid options, as this information is not publicly available. The website is a bit of a mess to look at, honestly.

✅ Trans inclusive

❌ BDSM friendly

❌ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Foxy Girls seems to be a website specifically for advertising managed escorts, but independents can advertise there too. The founder has gotten back to me with the pricing information, which is very easy to work with and there are three tiered options. It is free for brothels/agenies to advertise there -- as organisations, not to advertise their individual workers. They have no males advertising there at the moment, but there is a category for them. It does not appear to be peer run.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Sex in NZ is honestly a poorly designed website, but the ads are free and they may get some traffic.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

❌ Male escorts accepted

❌ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Locanto are only in this free ads section because they offer them to BDSM providers and erotic masseuses. For nearly everyone else, they are expensive: a top or gallery ad will run you $39.95 per week, and a premium ad will cost $9.95 a week.

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

⏺️ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Updating SOON

American Alternatives

I need you guys to use your judgement on these, because we don't know if/when they will go down. Back up any websites you create, don't buy too far in advance, keep checking them to make sure they're still available. And above all: stay safe.

 

Tryst, international but based out of Australia, is run by Lola Hunt and her team of wonderful sex worker positive IT gurus, Assembly Four. I have met them, and I was really impressed by their work ethic and their dedication to helping us out; they're very open to feedback, and their site is easy to navigate and use. They have three Twitter accounts, one for Australia, one for Asia, and one for other international workers. You should absolutely set up a profile with them and help to boost their SEO -- they are all doing this for free, and it is such a wonderfully put together website. I am proud to have a profile with them!

✅ Trans inclusive

✅ BDSM friendly

✅ Massage friendly

✅ Male escorts accepted

✅ Free ads available

❌ Page one of Google searches

Updating SOON

Canadian Alternatives

I have removed several directories from this list for being dodgy. Punter Planet it getting no more free traffic from me, especially since their owner decided to make it so that sex workers must pay to see their own reviews, unless they message him to beg for it. Do not contact me to ask that your site be added to the list, or get some marketing peon to do it. This is a personal blog, and sex workers are literally dying because of what has happened - this is not a game, and you're not making quick bucks off us. You vultures in the comments disgust me.

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