The Erotic Review

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The Erotic Review
Type of site
Sexual services' review
Available inEnglish
OwnerTreehouse Park, S.A.
Founder(s)David Elms
URLOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
LaunchedOctober 24, 1999; 23 years ago (1999-10-24)[1]
Current statusActive

The Erotic Review, also functioning as, is a review site that ostensibly presents clients' assessments of their experiences with sex workers (referred to as "providers" on the website).[2][3][4]


The service was first launched in 1999 by David Elms, who came up with the idea after having what he described as a "bad encounter" with a call girl.[5]

The Erotic Review website was acquired by Treehouse Park in 2004.[6][7]

On April 6, 2018, the U.S. Congress passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act; following this and the FBI shutting down Backpage and other websites promoting or facilitating in prostitution, The Erotic Review blocked access to its site from the United States until December 2019, though it could still be accessed in the United States via a VPN.[8]

On July 25, 2018, The Erotic Review was mentioned in a superseding indictment filed by the government against The superseding indictment alleges that Backpage and The Erotic Review had a reciprocal link agreement, where both parties allowed ads to be posted on their sites. The indictment alleges that Backpage paid “tens of thousands” of dollars to The Erotic Review for this agreement.[9][10]

On December 19, 2019 The Erotic Review again opened access to the United States without needing VPN, restoring previously hidden USA escort reviews and allowing new USA escort reviews to be posted.

Content and readership[edit]

A 2008 River Front Times article features Elms commenting that the average site-user was "between 35 and 55 years old with a median income of $80,000".[5]

The Erotic Review hosts reviews for over 90 cities around the world.[6] The site offers both a free and paid membership. Free members can access site features such as the discussion boards and a limited search function. Paid members have additional features such as the ability to access complete reviews and a search page that allows the user to search based on various criteria such as physical attributes.


The site has been met with criticism, most of which centered upon its founder.[11] Some critics have claimed that Elms has accepted bribes to promote certain agencies or call girls and has pressured others into providing sexual favors.[12] Others have made claims of Elms threatening them with bodily harm for criticizing the site or refusing to provide sexual services.[13][14] Elms denied the claims.[15] Others have expressed "frustration" over the company's association with law enforcement, stating that the site should be warning escorts and/or users if someone is a police officer.[16]

The Erotic Review distanced itself from Elms in 2009 and cut ties with him after Elms was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, for hiring a hit man to assault a business rival, and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison that same year.[12]

Further reading[edit]

  • Milrod, Christine; Monto, Martin A. (November 2012). "The Hobbyist and the Girlfriend Experience: Behaviors and Preferences of Male Customers of Internet Sexual Service Providers". Deviant Behavior. 33 (10): 792–810. doi:10.1080/01639625.2012.707502. ISSN 0163-9625. S2CID 143860928.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Johns' Night Out". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  3. ^ "A consumer guide to prostitutes is a click away". NBC News. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  4. ^ "Guide to review". Friday, 28 June 2019
  5. ^ a b "OldestProfession2.0: A new generation of local "providers" and "hobbyists" create a virtual red-light district". River Front Times. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  6. ^ a b Duncan, Edward. "Troubled Elms Leaves Erotic Review". AVN. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  7. ^ Madrigal, Alexis (2008-03-13). "Johns Help Each Other Find the Right 'Internet Sex Provider'". Wired. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  8. ^ ""Erotic Review" blocks US Internet users to prepare for government crackdown – Ars Technica". Ars Technica. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  9. ^ "Indictment levels new charges against officials - ABC News". ABC News. 2018-07-27. Archived from the original on 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  10. ^ "Indictment - Superseding, USA v. Lacey et al, No. 2:18-cr-00422-1". US District Court for the District of Arizona. Jul 25, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2019 – via
  11. ^ Grant, Melissa Gira. "Online critics accuse CEO Dave Elms of rape". Gawker. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  12. ^ a b Richtel, Matt (March 4, 2009). "Prostitution Site Cuts Ties With Founder After Charges". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  13. ^ Bergen, Jennifer. "Prostitution Review Site Breaks Up with Founder". PC Mag. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  14. ^ Nix, Denise. "Prostitution king sought". Daily Breeze. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  15. ^ Richtel, Matt (June 17, 2008). "Sex Trade Monitors a Key Figure's Woes". The New York Times.
  16. ^ "Several comfortable steps ahead of the law". NBC News. 2006-01-20. Retrieved 2010-04-10.

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