Eventually, escorts stopped matching with me altogether, despite still showing up first whenever I opened Tinder.Perhaps the algorithm that generated these profiles was getting smarter.Patterns emerged: apparently almost every woman under 30 in this city "Loves whiskey," is really into Hallmark-caliber affirmation quotes, and fake moustaches. So much swiping, so much chatting, only to be disappointed in the flesh. The app represents an enormous market (Tinder claims it matches over 10 million horny users a day) and a mammoth valuation (as high as billion).With a mix of a huge crowd and lots of money, it would make sense for Tinder to attract a more industrious determined type of user: sex workers."Our laws can't and don't keep pace with technological advancement and there will always be people looking to exploit those loopholes," Candelaria told KOB Eyewitness News 4. Our courts have said our pimping laws are not applicable to the internet."So, just how does it work? Far from being the wild west of the sex trade, with programmers teaming up with escorts to maximize profits, Tinder is suffering from a plague of spambots. After about an hour, these profiles disappeared from my Match list.It is quite possible that at some point recently there really were flesh and blood escorts using Tinder, but the new and ubiquitous ones flooding my stream seem nothing more than artificial profiles. After matching with one of the women/bots advertising their services I messaged them, "Hey! I tried this on and off over the course of 24 hours.At this point I was fairly sure these were spambots, but continued to track down escorts to make sure.For escorts (and their backers), Tinder's anonymity and ease of use make it a natural fit.
I moved back to New York from Cairo in January of 2014, and among the biggest culture shocks was American Tinder.
In Cairo, there was the occasional woman, mostly Russian tourists on holiday, using the mobile dating app; in New York, I met a torrent of instant flirtation.