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Sex Worker Calls Airbnb A 'Boon' To Her Industry

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- For sex workers, renting a room on Airbnb can be a lot safer than being outdoors, and a lot cheaper than a hotel, and one worker calls the home-sharing service a boon to her industry.

"Airbnb is a simple way for women who don't have an enormous amount of money to transition into indoor work," she told KCBS.

According to a local activist with the Erotic Services Providers' Union, sex workers look for a lot of the same qualities in an Airbnb as any other guest, like wifi, privacy, and a lively neighborhood.

"Not Nob Hill or Sea Cliff - a place where there's a broader mix of people, perhaps a higher volume of street traffic," she said.

An Airbnb spokesperson writes that the company has a zero-tolerance approach to hosts and guests who violate local law.

San Francisco police say they've never had a neighbor complain about an Airbnb being used for prostitution, but said they wouldn't be surprised if they were to get such a complaint in the future.

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