Vice's Cryptoland Probes Sex Workers' Use of Blockchain FinTech

Vice's Cryptoland Probes Sex Workers' Use of Blockchain FinTech

LAS VEGAS — Vice News’s Cryptoland aired a report last week on “The Link Between Sex Work And Crypto.”

The half-hour report, available via Vice’s YouTube channel here, explained that “sex workers were some of the earliest adopters of Bitcoin, using crypto out of necessity when traditional banks and financial institutions cut them off,” and posed the question of whether crypto is “a solution or merely a Band-Aid.”

The first half of the report featured a visit to the Las Vegas headquarters of SpankChain, a live-work space known as “The SpankHouse.”

The Vice News reporter spoke with SpankChain co-founder and CEO Ameen Soleimani, and with company spokesperson and sex worker Allie Eve Knox.

Knox walked Vice News through an NFT photo shoot featuring herself, and spoke about her experiences with mainstream banking, which eventually led to a discussion of the blockchain space in general and SpankChain in particular.

The second part of the report repurposed part of a lengthy round table discussion on the same topic, originally broadcast in July, hosted by Vice News’ Krishna Andavolu and featuring Vice’s Motherboard tech reporter Samantha Cole and sex worker and author Liara Roux.

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