Lana West, a sex worker in the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, was paid a few thousand dollars in bitcoin. The news was reported by the infamous licensed brothel in Nevada as it has allowed customers to pay in digital currencies for sexual services.
Recent reports suggest that many sex workers and escort businesses have been accepting virtual currencies against their services and now, Dennis Hof owned Bunny Ranch has joined the list. Being located in the state of Nevada, the brothel operates legally as it is outside the jurisdiction of Las Vegas. Bunny Ranch became popular in Carson City as well as in the world after HBO filmed Dennis Hof and his employees in a documentary named ‘Cathouse.’
During the first week of April, Bunny Ranch’s staff member, Lana West exchanged an “intimate girlfriend experience.” West stated that brothel users could pay with their credit cards, but its statements will show up Bunny Ranch. That week West was asked by a client to accept payment in bitcoin.
She stated, “A wonderful and rather tech-savvy client came in offering to purchase my services with Bitcoin. Dennis approved it, and we executed a transfer from the customer’s bitcoin wallet to my own.”
She added, “It was a mid-four-figure payment for an intimate girlfriend experience with me that lasted just over an hour — My client walked out with a smile on his face — but little did he know we actually made history together.”
Apart from Bunny Ranch, Bubble Escorts have also started accepting bitcoin for a “dream escort.” The official website is currently displaying a bitcoin logo to hint its customers while providing an address between the booking processes.
The escort service stated, “We have taken this decision upon our desire to move with the times as we have always been dedicated to revolutionizing the way people book London escorts. “Cryptocurrency is growing in popularity, and we are delighted to be the first London escorts provider to have listened to the demand.”
It explained, “We believe that accepting bitcoin payments is a new feature which will allow our clients to pay for our adult companionship services in the most discreet and safe way possible.”
Accepting bitcoin for providing intimate services has become a trend in the US which has seen tremendous growth over the past year. Customers have been positive about the moves of the adult industry as one Reddit user stated in forum /r/sexworkers that “accepting bitcoin best thing ever decided.”
Male and female escorts have listed themselves in the web portal Adultwork to inform customers about their surety of accepting bitcoin as payments. On the other hand, US government banned Backpage.com for displaying numerous advertisements of individuals offering escort services for bitcoin.
It should be noted that use virtual currencies in the adult industry has the activity to a whole new level of discretion. As bitcoin’s value has started to regain a bit pace, it has seen a gradual increase in its users again. It’s a matter of time when smaller currencies will be used to ensure a lower profile in the adult industry.