Business is booming for sex workers in Silicon Valley, but it’s becoming increasingly risky.
Startups are transforming into multi-billion companies. And the staffs are overwhelmingly male.
Sex workers tell CNNMoney they have a growing clientele who have plenty of excess cash.
Two recent events have raised concerns.
The arrest this week of an alleged prostitute, Alix Tichelman, in connection with the death of Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes has prostitutes worried about the impact on business.
“I do worry that people are going to think that this is something that’s normal and happens, but it really doesn’t,” said “Maxine Holloway” a high-end prostitute working in Silicon Valley.
(To protect their privacy, CNNMoney agreed to use pseudonyms or the professional names of the sex workers we spoke with for this story.)
Other sex workers CNNMoney spoke to expressed worry as well — though none said they had experienced cancellations.