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Ethan Todras-Whitehill
Egyptian Bluetooth Prostitutes
4 Comments | posted March 22nd, 2007 at 11:02 pm by Ethan Todras-Whitehill

How do you find a prostitute in a Muslim country? Why, stroll into the local Marriott and turn on your cellphone’s Bluetooth, of course.

I was in Cairo this past January, stopping at the hotel to use the ATM. My sister’s friend pointed to the courtyard as we passed and casually mentioned that it was probably “full of prostitutes.” I craned my neck, but didn’t see any scantily clad or over-makeup’ed women. It turns out that in Egypt, at least, since Bluetooth technology was introduced a couple of years ago, the age-old dance of Jane and John has a new step. Islamic culture frowns on brazenly approaching the opposite sex, male or female, so sex workers and sex seekers merely go to the same location—an upscale hotel lobby, or certain local coffeeshops—and make their arrangements over the radio waves.

My companion said that her boyfriend, who is Egyptian, will look at his phone every now and then in a coffeeshop and go, “Oh, no. Here they go again,” with little kittenish messages popping up on his phone.

The really weird thing? Islamic sex workers often wear the head-to-toe black burkha, far more covering than the average Egyptian woman’s veil. So, next time you see one of those photos of black-veiled women that our media loves to show us of Islamic countries, just remember: she could be a prostitute.

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  1. Kate Torgovnick

    So interesting. When you sent that PayPal request earlier for website costs, all it says on the receipt is “Services.” It got me thinking that probably at least a few prostitutes get payed via PayPal.

    March 23rd, 2007 | 7:11 am
  2. joie

    The world is full of insane paradoxes. Interesteding post (yet disturbing) post, Ethan.

    March 23rd, 2007 | 8:28 am
  3. Wow, how bizarre and enterprising all at once! Nice post.

    March 23rd, 2007 | 10:07 am
  4. Wow. I wonder how old the women are. Is it “the kids today” and the new technology? Or are older women learning how to use it too?

    March 23rd, 2007 | 12:52 pm

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