China Sees Explosion of Rent-a-Date Apps
It’s a renters market. Chinese officials are concerned over the rise of new social apps that offer people, mostly women, for rent. Apps like “Quick Come Rent Me,” connect its half-million users with companions who want to chill — for an hourly fee. Users say sex is common on these dates, but stress that the apps aren’t markets for prostitution. Some users just want a dinner companion or a fake girlfriend to take home for the holidays. Authorities say they will shutter so-called “rent-people” marketplaces, but only if they actively support prostitution.