Here’s a very important question I recently came across via the interwebs:
I run a premium Snapchat and have been using PayPal to accept payments despite seeing everyone saying not to because PayPal shut down sex workers accounts all the time. I think my account just got suspended, so which apps should I use instead? Please help!
Edit: I’m in Britain
I feel for this model, but I also don’t feel for this model. It’s been said everywhere, time and again: Don’t use PayPal. For anything. Ever.
Yes, they are hateful; and yes it is discrimination — and also, yes, if they don’t want your money that’s their loss. The fact remains though: They will take your money, as in all of it, without a moment’s notice when/if they determine your business is unacceptable. Consider some of these other options instead.
Multiple people weighed in re Snapcentro. Here’s one quote: I have seen quite a few models using Fancentro/Snapcentro to monetize their snapchat. I am not too familiar with the product but have heard good things. And another, short and simple: Snapcentro is good to use.
Regarding Google Wallet:
Responder: Can you use Google wallet? This is the preferred method of mine as well as many others.
Questioner: Hmm I’ll try it, I don’t know why I just felt kinda suspicious about it, I guess because it just seems odd to me that Google would do a cash app. Is it safe/secure?
Responder: It is safe and secure and you can transfer money to your bank account with a debit card and it is instant.
Regarding email transfer:
Responder: I’m in Canada and use email transfer, I know the US doesn’t have it. Do you know about the UK?
Questioner: I don’t know, I’ve never even heard of email transfer haha!
Regarding PayPal, which should be avoided at all costs:
Responder: Can’t you just empty Pay Pal daily?
Questioner: PayPal just isn’t trustworthy enough. I shouldn’t have been using it in the first place, but I thought “oh there’s no way they’ll know I’m a SW so they won’t ban my account.” Low and behold, a few months later, my account is frozen and I can’t do anything. It’s my own fault though, everyone talks about how anti-SW PayPal is, I just thought it wouldn’t happen to me.
There are lots of good suggestions to explore here! Always make sure to check (and double check) terms of service as they apply to you specifically though when picking a payment app.
One thing is to be sure regardless of anything and everything when it comes to getting paid: It will happen to you. Do not use PayPal if you are a sex worker in any line of work.
Erika is a sex positive people watcher (and writer). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.