Why are people turning to free online escort ads?
An Ontario woman says she’s frustrated by ads that claim to be free to escort, but which don’t give a dollar amount for the service.
The ad is titled “No Money Down Guarantee,” and says the escort service doesn’t charge a fee to anyone who signs up.
But a search for the term “free escort advertising” turns up thousands of results, some of them showing ads that are completely different.
A search for “free motorcycle escort advertising,” for example, returns ads that charge a $5 per minute fee and say they’ll send riders “direct to your mailbox” for free.
A website called “Free Daily Ad,” for instance, offers “100% money back guarantee” and a guarantee that the service “will never ask you for anything” and that “all my information is kept private and confidential.”
The website says the ads are sponsored by the escort agency that runs them.
The Globe and Mail contacted the company that owns the ad.
A spokesperson for the company said the company doesn’t pay for ads.
“We have a great track record of delivering the best service to our clients,” said the spokesperson, who declined to be identified because the company is private.
Another escort agency says it doesn’t offer any fees to users. “
Free daily ads are not sponsored by escort agencies and the advertisements are delivered by the company’s ad agency.”
Another escort agency says it doesn’t offer any fees to users.
“The only fee we ask for is to get a free daily ad,” said an escort agency representative who declined comment.
“You can’t charge for ads you don’t want.”
A spokesperson from the company with which the escort company is affiliated said the escort ad was made by a different agency.
“It’s the first time we’ve seen the ad and we’ve spoken with it and they have confirmed it’s a different ad,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the ad is made in English and doesn’t have a guarantee.
“All of the advertising is done in English,” the escort advertising spokesperson said in an email.
“I can’t say if it’s legit or not, but we don’t see this ad as sponsored by any escort agency.”
Another escort agency said it doesn.
“While it is very rare to find advertisements that say we have a 100% guarantee for a free ride, we believe that this type of advertising is very common and a way to monetize our services,” said a spokesperson for one escort agency, who didn’t want to be named because the agency is private and won’t be identified.
The spokeswoman said she’s had a number of clients ask her to delete ads and pay a small fee to remove them.
The Globe and Post also contacted a number listed on an escort website for an escort in Toronto.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she received the same ad as others we’ve sent her, and she said it’s very common.
“The ads are from escorts, but they are sponsored and are in English.
I have no idea why they are being placed,” she said.
An escort agency spokeswoman said in a statement that the ads were sent to the client’s email address.
“When we received the email, we checked the account, confirmed the email address and the account was not compromised and no unauthorized access was detected.
We also provided the email and phone number to the escort’s website and it was confirmed the account has been removed.”