Though it sounds like a half-baked idea cooked up after a long night in Amsterdam, “brothel tester” is very much a real career in Germany -- and one that comes with benefits. Namely, getting to sleep with beautiful women (and/or men) all the time. For real.
Last month, Berlin-based social media site Kaufmich.com -- which translates to BuyingMe.com -- posted a job listing for a VERY neat and clean-looking man or woman to sample the city’s sex services. The website is used by prostitutes, brothels, and clients as part of the country's regulated sex trade.
The lucky new member of the company’s quality control team gets paid to rate brothels’ service and cleanliness standards, as well as safe sex practices; then publish post-coital reviews on to the site. It's like a secret shopper, but for sex.
"Having a brothel in Germany is totally legal but so far there is not a quality system for them in place,” the site’s product manager Ben told CNBC. “We want to be the Tripadvisor for brothels. Clients on Kaufmich should be able to check the quality of brothels before there go - like you check your hotel online before you book.”
According to the job ad, the ideal candidate is university-educated, attractive-looking and in good health (with a health certificate to back it up), and with several years' experience visiting brothels; prior experience of soliciting escorts is an added bonus. Fluency in German and another language (preferably French) is also a must.
Along with getting to have sex FOR WORK, there’s plenty of room to develop your career -- and crib notes -- with the opportunity to attend gang-bangs, bukkake parties, and visit brothels all over Germany. Yep, there's a travel element in this job! Because that's totally the thing people care about here.
And while the application deadline's passed, unsurprisingly, over 150 eager applicants signed up for the highly competitive (and after a while, strenuous) position.
It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.