An Irish escort agency that lets men rate the women they’ve paid to have sex with has been slammed as ‘degrading’ by campaigners.
Escort Ireland advertises the services of women on its website and gives men the opportunity to rate the experience including star ratings for ‘physical appearance’ and ‘value for money’.
A petition to have the website banned is seeking 10,000 signatures – and already has nearly 8,000 – but the company behind the website defended the ‘free and independent choice’ of escorts to allow themselves to be reviewed.
Irish escort site Escort Ireland is the subject of a new petition. Those behind it say the site should be banned for allowing men to review the women they’ve paid to have sexual services from
Prostitution in the Republic of Ireland is illegal, although it is not illegal to be a prostitute.
The change.org petition, set up by Theresa Harris, is entitled: ‘Stop Escort Ireland’s platform for punters to rate and review sex with women they rent’, and calls the review system ‘terrifying’.
It reads: ‘This petition calls for the Department of Justice to introduce legislation which would prohibit the sex trade/escort website ‘Escort Ireland’ from hosting and promoting the rating and reviewing of women advertised on it.’
It continues: ‘Purchasing sex already contradicts true sexual consent, and it is clear in some of these reviews, that the men are aware that the woman was not “into” the sex, or was “unwilling” or “unenthusiastic” not to mention “unresponsive”.
‘The fact these men see this as a bad service rather than unwanted sex is clear in their “reviews”. This is terrifying.’
Escort Ireland offers the services of women in towns and cities across the Republic of Ireland, with men asked to rate their experiences on the website. Men who leave lots of reviews are highlighted as ‘top reviewers’
The site, which has sub-categories including ‘massage’, ‘domination’ and ‘stripping’, holds thousands of reviews and encourages those who’ve used the escort services to rate the experience with both a written review and a series of star ratings for ‘accuracy of photos’, ‘satisfaction’, ‘location’, ‘value for money’, ‘physical appearance’ and ‘overall experience’.
A recent review details an encounter with a ‘fun and bubbly’ escort but reveals the person behind the review left ‘very disappointed, no kissing, nothing – a basic service, pity I would have returned if she did what she promised.’
The petition against Escort Ireland currently has nearly 8,000 signatures. One person who signed it called the review system on the site ‘a new low’ for women
Comments on the petition condemn the site’s endorsement of ‘rating women like hotels’.
One, Geoff Finan, wrote: ‘Wow, just wow. The degradation of women just went to a new low. Rating women like hotel rooms is just horrific.’
Another, Ruth Farrar, added: ‘This perpetuates the objectification of women to a grievous level. Dystopian and appallingly disturbing.’
A spokesperson for Escort Ireland told MailOnline: ‘Each escort on the website has taken a personal decision on whether they wish to receive reviews.
‘We have a dedicated community team that monitors the Escort-Ireland.com community forums and reviews sections 24/7 and takes action if anything inappropriate is posted as per our very strict guidelines on review and user generated content.’
‘Our opinion into whether this is “degrading” is irrelevant – we respect the free and independent choice of our advertisers.
‘They can choose to opt-out of reviews completely, or choose to allow only non-explicit reviews. We respect their own individual decisions.’