The future of Escort booking in Asia
The escorting world has been hit by some major changes over the past 2 months. Firstly by the closure of Backpage.com (and its sister site, Cracker.com) which was without doubt the largest escort booking platform in the world; shut down by the FBI investigating people trafficking and money laundering charges.
This followed new US laws and the SESTA/FOSTA act, which in turn encourage several other major escort platforms to close, most notably Craigslist’s ‘personals’ section, which was the second largest Escort booking platform in many regions of the world.
In Asia, where Backpage and Craigslist were undoubtedly the two largest sites for hooking up with freelancers, agency escorts, and girls looking for pay4play dates, there are still several major escort directories around, most of which are very simple listings and traditional style sites. But there is also one notable newcomer, looking to be the industry’s game-changer; Smooci.com
What is Smooci?
Smooci appeared in Bangkok just over a year ago and by the end of 2017 it had become the biggest Escort booking platform in Thailand (and that was before the closure of backpage).
On first look Smooci is very simple; You click ‘search’, input the time and duration you want the girl for, and you get a page of ‘live’ results which you can filter by service and price. The first thing you notice is the large number of girls on show, with around 70-90 girls available in Bangkok during peak hours. The other thing which is impressive is the prices. The costs are as diverse as the quality of girls, with some girls starting at under 3,000 Baht for 2 shots, which is competitive even with street and gogo bar prices.
What really makes Smooci stand out from the competition is the ratings and user comments. Unlike other directories and agency sites where comments are open to all and become slagging matches, self-promotion, and totally unreliable, Smooci has a system which means all comments and ratings are verified as being genuine (we will pick that up again in a bit). This has created a great community-led reputation system, rewarding the best girls and agencies and giving the clients a more informed choice.
When a client wants to make a booking they simply click to book the escort and fill in their details. How Smooci basically works is that all the escorts using Smooci have an app. Using the app they can indicate when they are online and available, meaning all results are live, and when you send a booking through it goes direct to the app, with the Escort given 10 minutes to accept the booking, or it is automatically rejected and the client can pick again.
Uber for Escorts
The prize feature of Smooci is its tracking. Claiming to be the Uber for Escorts, Smooci allows premium members to track their date to their door, just like you would an Uber or Grab taxi.
Using the app, the Escorts notify the client when they are on their way, which in turn sends a tracking link to the client (we are told that the link doesn’t centre in on the girl’s accurate location until they have moved a safe distance from their start location). No more wondering if/when your evening’s entertainment will arrive, now you can see exactly when they are on the way and get an accurate idea of when they will arrive.
While this is a great feature, the best part about tracking bookings via GPS is being able to confirm bookings as being genuine to a high level of certainty, which is how Smooci are able to claim the comments and ratings as being genuine, and in turn offers the client ‘gold’, giving them unique and highly valuable information.
While GPS tracking and being able to read the comments are ‘premium features’ Smooci premium memberships are very reasonably priced, currently at $9 for a 3 day membership, $25 for a 1 month membership, and $99 for a yearlong membership, with all payments not recurring (meaning no sneaky rebilling).
You can also use Smooci as a free user, with full ability to make the live searches, see the user ratings, and get SMS updates throughout the booking, without paying Smooci a single cent.
The future of Smooci
Smooci could well be the future of Escort booking in Asia. The system is something the industry desperately needs, and they have recently launched in Manila, with several large agencies on board and around 60-80 girls online in Manila during peak hours.
Smooci have also mentioned that they are planning to launch in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, and Pattaya in the near future. And I am also told that before the end of the year they are planning larger launches in Japan, Korea, and some major European locations. Smooci.