Dating site that pairs attractive women with generous jetsetters slammed.
Critics say a new dating site that promises to link high-rolling globetrotters with pretty women who want to travel the world for free is no more than a front for prostitution.
But the sites founder vehemently denies the charge.
Miss Travel pairs attractive women with generous jetsetters who hate to go on trips alone and are willing to foot the bill for a companion, the New York Daily News reported.
Gawker calls it the #1 prosti-travel website, and while reactions on Twitter were mixed, user @Kgigr asked, I really want to know how miss travel isn’t selling yourself for an all-paid trip?
But founder Brandon Wade said, “escorts are not allowed to use the website. There’s no money exchanged. And there’s no sex discussed on the website at all. So for people to sort of link it or compare it with prostitution is really quite a stretch.”
A disclaimer on Miss Travels website reinforces Wade’s claim that escorts aren’t allowed.
Gawkers sister site Jezebel questioned how safe it is for women to travel with someone they met online.
“There’s just such a giant window for dishonestly and coercion here. You’re not just on a date with someone – you’re on a boat, you’re in a hotel room, you’re in f—ing Thailand,” wrote Jezebel’s Lindy West.
West wonders about the girl who winds up 5,000 miles away from home … and realizes she doesn’t want to put out.
On Miss Travels “How it Works” page, members are reminded that “online dating is risky” and urged to “practice a common sense approach when meeting a stranger online.”
Wade runs two other dating websites, seekingarrangement.com and whatsyourprice.com.
He describes seekingarrangement.com as a website to match sugar babies with sugar daddies, while whatsyourprice.com lets men bid on dates for women. So far, the highest bid has been 3,000 dollars, he said.
But, at least according to the fine print, none of the websites are about sex.
“We’re just a dating site. We match people and then they’re off on their own,” he explained.
Users seem comfortable enough with that sentiment – Miss Travel reached 20,000 users on Thursday.