Airbnb is the very popular web site that’s shaken up the hotel industry by allowing folks to easily rent out their apartment, condo, vacation home, tree house—anything suitable for lodging—to others. It turns out that prostitutes love the site, as well.
The NY Daily News broke the story that prostitution rings have been renting private residences listed on Airbnb and running prostitutes through them around the clock. As call girl told the newspaper, “It’s a lot cheaper than the Waldorf-Astoria.”
When you can rent a Manhattan apartment for $100 or $200 a day, she’s right.
In the most recent case, a New York publicist rented her apartment for a week to a woman who said she was in the Army and needed a place to stay in Manhattan before she shipped out. But when a prostitute was slashed by a client in her West 43rd St. apartment, the publicist got a call from the police, and she found clear evidence that her apartment had been used as a brothel.
To its credit, Airbnb put her up in a very nice hotel for a couple of nights while the company cleaned her apartment, changed her locks, and replaced her pillows and other belongings.
Word to the wise: Be careful out there.