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Bitcoin Attract Customers to Message Parlor

Let's not forget that one of the original reasons the cryptocurrency grew popular was that it allowed for transactional discretion-the supposedly untraceable Bitcoin was ideal for dodgy dark net deals. Now, the same principle may make Bitcoin popular for a back alley exchange.

Take the "sensual massage" industry, for instance. Although adoption of the technology in the sector remains in its early stages, with only a few firms currently accepting code, it's fairly clear why one of the world's oldest trades is warming to its youngest currency. Ellie Young, owns Sensuous London, a Mayfair-based company that provides a "sensual, tantric massage experience" to customers from nearby hotels and residences-previously, they only accepted cash. when spoken to, Young about why her massage parlour has become among the first of its kind to accept payment in cryptocurrency.

"From our perspective, there's more trust in bitcoins and the ladies who work with us don't have to carry cash-so it's much safer for them," she said. "From the client's point of view, bitcoin payments are far more discreet and secure."

As media momentum behind Bitcoin swelled at the end of 2013, she struck upon the idea of using it to finalize payment before an appointment, and the company has been offering clients the anonymous and traceless way to pay for their late-night hankerings ever since.

It's a better arrangement for both parties. The clients no longer need to form excuses for what embarrassing strings of adultery are doing on their credit card bill, while masseuses are free to set about doing what they do best without fear of being ripped off. But with a home visit from Sensuous models costing up to 500, or BTC 0.95 for the "4 Hands" service, the company was also interested in other ways of helping clients get more bang for their buck. To be perfectly clear, the company insists its services are limited to massage. A disclaimer on their website reads, "Sensuous London do not provide sexual services of any kind. Sensuous London offer a professional masseuse visiting service. We do not provide an delivery service."

Given that much of Sensuous' trade comes from businessmen and tourists, the fact that Bitcoin circumvents currency exchange rates and credit card fees is a draw, according to Young. And for the over-18 massage outfits, cryptocurrency means they are no longer reliant on mainstream financial institutions. "The adult entertainment industry isn't the type of business that can work with credit cards and cheques, but Bitcoin solves these problems," Young explained. "I think there are a number of advantages to ours-and similar businesses-that can't ordinarily work with conventional online payments."

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