Germans are efficient and prostitution is legal in Germany, so it was only a matter of time until technology brought the two together – consensually, of course.
Peppr, a mobile app released in Berlin this month, is taking the legwork out of solicitation and bringing the world's oldest profession into the 21st century.
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According to the company, all the “Pepprs” on the site have been personally vetted by the app's founder, Pia Poppenreiter, who claims to only work with individuals and escort agencies, and not brothels. Peppr hopes to rid prostitution of its icky image, and to “lift the booking of erotic services to a new level".
Poppenreiter dreamed up Peppr after feeling sorry for a gaggle of working girls freezing their mini-skirted buns off in the dead of Berlin winter. She wondered why there wasn't an app for ass.
Necessity, as the saying goes, is the mother of all invention. Or in this case, perhaps, the madam.
Prostitution has been legal in Germany since 2002, and the BBC estimates the country has around 400,000 sex workers, meaning there should be a boatload of ladies to choose from. And while getting listed on Peppr is free, Johns pay between $7 to $10 (5 euros to 10 euros) per booking.
How it works: Go to Peppr.it, enter your zipcode (currently only available in Berlin and surrounding areas), choose male or female sex workers, and get connected to the nearest options via GPS.
You can then filter these, ahem, ladies of the night by gender, age, “extras”, price, or bust size, among other options. Choose a time, location and duration (five seconds isn't an option), and wait to receive a message from her confirming the rendezvous.
Much like on Tinder, you can swipe for more selfies and connect via proximity. Unlike Tinder – and the brilliance of this app – there’s no match needed for a… match to be made (also, there are prices). As a bonus, you don't even need to post photos alongside tigers or list your height; everyone’s a sure thing and you can totally choose to only look at C cups and up. Because this app makes hustling high class.
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's über-efficient German associate travel editor, and not at all surprised that this hails from her homeland. Follow her @Sohostyle