Thursday, March 13, 2008

There is a Database of all Johns?

This whole Eliot Spitzer thing is giving me all sorts of information on prostitution that I never knew before. For example, did you know there is a database of all the Johns?

Q. Do you typically know the true identity of your clients, and if so, how?

A. Yes. Always. I insist that they give me their full names and their place of work so that I can contact them there before we meet. I also check their identification when we meet. I also use verification companies, which assist escorts in verification of clients. These companies do the verification of the client and put them in a database so that when the client wants to meet with a girl for the first time, he doesn’t have to go through the verification process again. For a fee, I can call in and they will tell me if the client has a history of giving the girls problems, where he works, and his full name.

I would have thought that the clients would want to protect their privacy more. I don't understand what stops a private investigator from contacting one of the verification companies. Or for that matter what stops the verification company from blackmailing the clients.

via Freakonomics


Audacious Epigone said...

Yeah, that does seem mind boggling that people would be willing to volunteer their information in that way, especially conspicuous public figures like Spitzer. I suppose the services promise the information won't be sold or given to a third party, but what if the pimp (or whatever the head honcho is called in these operations) had a political ax to grind. Talk about some powerful blackmailing potential.

Tangentially, that sort of blackmail is part of the plot in the movie Punch-Drunk Love. I guess the real thing is more interesting, though.

MensaRefugee said...

What I would like is a history search of any bride to be of mine.

But I guess that would be evil, right?

Fat Knowledge said...


What kind of girls are you dating? ;)

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