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Escort Service Has Chicago A-Twitter

By Staff in Miscellaneous on Feb 16, 2009 4:40AM

2009_02_15_twitter.jpg So over here at Chicagoist, we’re constantly online, playing with social media instead of doing household chores. Since we’re so obsessed, we sometimes come across things that make us scratch our collective heads. Such was the case this evening. We searched “Chicago” on Twitter, to add one or two new voices to the constant twittering thrum.

Somewhere around page 5, after Chicago weather, we found the handle “ChicagoEscorts.” As we are the curious sort, we clicked through, never imagining that someone could be so blatant. The thing is, it actually is Chicago Escorts. Like prostitutes [NSFW, obvs]. With hourly rates.

The profile links through to a) 33 other Twitter profiles of escort services all over the country and b) via Tiny URLs to a ratings system that details what each girl does, and how much she costs per hour. [Marcus was more than happy to do the "research."]

Given that Chicago’s prostitution rate is among the highest in the country, it’s not really all that shocking. But the 100-plus followers who Chicago Escorts counts as its followers are more surprising - including Cons Helping Cons. One can only imagine the direct messages that go on over there - and the Tweetups sure to follow.

Update: It seems several of the "followers" were added by mistake. Bill Figel, President of the Board of the Beverly Arts Center, contacted us about this incident and told us, "There is no credence to any claims The Chicago Escort Service might have regarding the Beverly Arts Center."

Be careful about those automatic follows, folks! - M.G.

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