When Backpage went down in 2018, we did not know where to turn or what to do. And we were not the only ones! So many escorts and clients went through a brief period of flux– although there are some great sites that specialize in advertising escorts, classifieds sites serve a really important function in our career, and Backpage was the most widely used of them all!
LeoList eventually swooped in and took that mantle, and now has become well known as the go-to classified platform for escorts and the clients who are seeking them out… Don’t let looks deceive you, although LeoList is a pretty basic looking site with a relatively bland layout which suggests ads for cars, properties, job boards, and other such common content, this really has become a site for escorts. And, since it made the shift, it has absolutely gained in popularity.
But what is LeoList like? We often get questions asking us about it, and classifieds sites like it. So, in this post, we will let you know what to expect from LeoList!
Is This the Backpage Alternative?
Although the site was not built to be an escort services page, this does not really seem to impede its effectiveness. It is a simple site, nothing is difficult in terms of navigation, and the loading speeds are super fast! You can browse, search, or use filters to get to what you want, or to look through all the potential options waiting for you. Whether you know precisely what you want (as many of you do) or you want to take a peek at some options you have not yet considered, LeoList works for you about as well as any site.
Unfortunately, there are a whole lot of pop-ups. Not all of them are too spammy, but some of them are not the best… It is probably wise to stay on the main site and peruse through the verified ads, rather than redirect yourself to less strictly curated services.
In order to avoid the same fate as Backpage, they do try to disguise the escort element of the site… This is clear when you realize that, to find an escort, you will have to search through categories like “Casual Dating” and “Personals” which include subcategories like “Platonic Friendship.” Not exactly what you would expect to find on your search for an escort, but don’t let this fool you! Escort ads, verified and legitimate, can be found within so many of these subcategories!
We don’t know if they’re tricking anybody by masking these ads and trying to hide their biggest source of income, but that’s their strategy, and it’s not our place or really our priority to judge the way they run their ship. As far as we’re concerned, the site works well for us, so we’re all for LeoList!
The danger is that there is some ambiguity here, and some people may contact you looking for casual sex without pay. Obviously, when we get messages like this, the conversation does not take too long to end, but it is still a bit of an annoyance for us!
Why Does LeoList Need To Take These Measures?
The simple answer is that the escort industry exists within a grey zone of legality. Some wonder if what these sites are doing can be portrayed honestly as legal… It’s not about whether it should be legal (obviously, we think it should be!), it’s more of a matter of public opinion and how that impedes progress with the law.
Our work is not illegal, but advertising sexual services explicitly is illegal. Also complicated for LeoList is that profiting from the sale of sex is also illegal in Canada.
But there is a serious distinction, legally, in terms of escort services and prostitution. And that’s how LeoList must be making their case. Advertising Escort services is totally legal, as is using ad space to sell such services, because, as escorts, we aren’t technically selling sex! We’re selling the pleasure of spending some time with us– who knows where it goes, right?
With all of this in mind, do we recommend LeoList?
LeoList isn’t perfect, but they’re doing their best to make it considerably less risky and dangerous, implementing really smart safety policies and procedures. Also, lots of escorts are on LeoList, so that’s a lot of selection for you, and the odds are great that you’ll find what you’re looking for! Despite the boring aesthetics (in our opinion), the site is super easy to use and navigate, with few to zero complications on that end– to us and our clients, even the specificity of the categories and subcategories are super helpful… It’s the little details that really help!
For us, it’s easier to register and verify ourselves with LeoList, but you don’t have to! And it’s super easy for you to contact your escort and establish the terms of your engagement.
In terms of what is less than ideal… We just warn you to steer clear of unverified “escorts” who don’t have photos. These seem really risky and there’s a good chance that there’s some kind of con going on with these ads. Be careful about your information and privacy, too. And, hopefully, they stop having so many pop-ups!
In the end, though, we still appreciate LeoList, and we think you will, too!