WHAT IS MANASAY?
MANASAY is a robotic personal assistant that is embedded into our advertising platform.
With the MANASAY personal assistant you can manage your bookings and have peace of mind when it comes to your personal time management, client filtering, and personal safety.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY?
HAPPY SWs mean HAPPY CLIENTS > HAPPY CLIENTS mean REPEAT CLIENTELE > REPEAT CLIENTELE mean HAPPY SWS
We are a social enterprise created to support sex workers so that they can provide a better service to clients. We believe in "Helping Those Who Help Others" and our motto is simple, "Happy SWs, Happy Clients!". To achieve this, we extend our support through education and social events to combat other difficulties inherent with sex work.
All this has to be, and IS, peer led.
WHY CREATE MANASAY?
Having been in the industry for over 10 years, I have experienced first hand many of the problems that sex workers face. Rather than waiting on others to solve these problems and hold them accountable, I decided to point the finger at myself. I believe in the saying that "NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION" and that is why I invented the technology behind MANASAY to help both myself and sex workers like myself who have struggles of deciphering time wasters, dealing with no-shows, inability to take security deposits due to new client's lack of trust, concerns for our physical safety, difficulty in ensuring our time is respected, and concerns of whether new clients will be respectful.
In addition, there has not been enough THOROUGH sex worker educational support to help us run our small business successfully so that we too can have a retirement plan. Many of the things I learnt has been through trial and error and not without a great price. I hope to collaborate my knowledge with others so that various perspectives of information can be readily available to new and budding professionals who have already chosen to enter this industry.
As much as people think sex work is easy money, sex work is not easy and not without it's unique inherent problems. We battle stigma, we are subject to social isolation, and worse yet, companies often try to take advantage of our difficult situation. Just like you, I am tired of being contacted by yet another advertising platform who intend to make large profits out of my sweat and physical labour; tired of businesses jumping in to make quick money without genuine care for those in it. We need someone to fight for us, someone who will not try to take advantage of our already difficult situation and vulnerability, someone who can offer us a whole lot more for less. This request may seem unreasonable to most entrepreneurs and so I have taken it on myself to achieve that.
WHAT IS MANASAYS AIM?
The main intention of MANASAY is to create social impact and bring positive change to this industry without more cost to workers.
WHAT DOES OUR PLATFORM DO?
Sex workers are welcome to create a free advertising account on our platform. Once details and photos are verified, your account is published for client viewing. Once published, clients are able to view your information entered, along with your verified photos, and links to social media pages - they will also be able to book you directly from your MANASAY advertisement page.
You will be alerted once a booking has been placed and pending your approval. Note that bookings cannot be placed outside of your provided scheduled availability. Once you have agreed to the clients' request, you can make amendments to the booking as discussed with your client. MANASAY does not take a cut out of your advertised rate.
There will be upcoming features such as automated reminders prior to bookings and at the end of the bookings. This is alongside security measures that automatically take place if you do not check out past your scheduled booking time. We also offer anonymous post-booking rating system for both clients and workers with an algorithm that takes into account variance and polarization.
In short, our 3rd party booking platform simplifies the booking process so that your clients’ can book you immediately without taking any of your precious time and energy. Our robot personal assistant will allow you to work independently whilst having the same benefits of a real personal assistant who takes your bookings with deposits, manages your calendar, buzz you when it’s time to leave, buzz you again after your set buffer time, and dispatch an emergency call with potential for security if you do not sign out. Our platform will allow you to hide your verified ratings if you wish and also rate your clients anonymously.
HOW IS MANASAY DIFFERENT TO OTHER DIRECTORIES?
Unlike many other businesses in this industry, we are a social enterprise.
We do not compete with other directories but we compliment them. Our focus is on closing your deals, and ensuring your bookings go smoothly and according to allotted time – all this via our automated platform. You can still advertise on other platforms and link your clients to your MANASAY profile page when you want clients to confirm bookings. Unlike other directories, MANASAY does not advertise your contact details as clients can contact you only AFTER they have approved your deposit.
We also believe in creating social impact by wanting to support and give back to the industry through hosting social events to reduce SW isolation and increase education.
Also, MANASAY is owned & run by a CURRENT sex worker who has all the same pains you do.
No. The actual MANASAY platform is very fluid and responsive and is built from scratch.
This is a temporary page created solely to answer your questions, provide clarification, and facilitate demand for immediate transparency. FAQs were sent out in December '17 by request but the reach was too small. Upon hearing that many sex workers were still interested in information, this landing page was created as per advice of several other sex workers.
IS THIS THE PLATFORM?
WHERE IS MANASAY AVAILABLE?
The platform will available to all sex workers who are advertising and providing services in Australia. International expansion will be considered.
WHAT IS THE SIGN UP PROCESS? HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
SWs only need to send 5 advertising photos of themselves without any watermarks to firstname.lastname@example.org together with an easy to remember 4 digit PIN and a work number that will never be revealed to public. We pull data that you already have online to create your profile and you will be able to review and amend your advertisement prior to our launch. We also want you to read our MANASAY standard which can be found on this page.
If you would like to create your profile by yourself, please email us through the CONTACT US page and you will be notified once beta testing is available.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR CLIENTS TO BOOK?
Clients can view our platform in the same manner they would at any other advertising website. The difference is that they can immediately click a “BOOK NOW” button which will enable a patented structured booking process. Our system verifies their details and confirms receipt of moneys before we notify you that a booking request has been made – you are then able to simply ACCEPT, REJECT, or CONTACT them via our chat functions to make amendments if necessary.
WHAT WILL THIS COST ME?
Currently, nothing. If possible, we would like to keep this freemium model so that SWs from all backgrounds can access the benefits
SO HOW WILL YOU EARN MONEY?
For the freemium model to work, we rely on SWs to encourage their clients to book through MANASAY. We provide clients a variety of services and charge a $25 processing and administration fee or 3% if the total is above $800. Discussion show that some SWs are willing to split the cost with their client, others want a monthly fee, and some just want a free service.
I believe in looking after the workers so that they can better look after the clients.
Happier sex workers mean happier clients, happier clients mean returned clients, returned clients mean happier sex workers and the cycle continues.
I place importance on personal integrity, sincerity, fairness, and your trust.
I believe in "helping those who help others"! I acknowledge that sex work is more than just physical labour - it is a service that helps clients in their personal areas of need whether that may be physical, emotional, or mental.
WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES SYSTEM?
SO WHO FUNDS, OWNS, AND RUNS MANASAY?
MANASAY is 100% fully funded, owned, and run by me, Kitty Galore.
I am not associated with any brothel or agency.
WHY HAS IT TAKEN SO LONG FOR YOU TO PROVIDE INFORMATION?
I sincerely apologise for coming across as being non-transparent; there are many factors that came into play.
From the beginning, MANASAY was advised to be cautious in effort to protect the intellectual property and were legally advised to wait until patents were lodged. A handful of workers also cautioned me of competitors and the politics in the industry and their advice was appreciated and taken.
MANASAY has always been scheduled to launch in 2018 however I could not pass on an opportunity where I could sponsor independent sex workers a chance to meet and greet potential clients at Sexpo at no cost to them - all participants were fully informed and consent was provided; for more information on Sexpo see Events. The focus was to promote ourselves as independents in the sex industry and so the volume of interest in MANASAY from the public took me by surprise.
The business has and still is run by just me so time and resources are short - for this, I apologise. Nevertheless, I must acknowledge that I am very grateful for many sex workers who have and still are aiding me along the way through their counsel, suggestions, and feedback. Input from this industry is very important.
The focus is on resolving the problems of the industry whilst looking after sex workers and never to make quick money - this is why there hasn't been a rush despite the closure of certain platforms. I hope you can think of MANASAY when you look for a company that is honest and is willing to work hard to gain your trust.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO SEX WORK?
To make a long story short, I married early, undergone domestic violence, blamed myself for my then-husband's actions and was relocated for my safety. I had to start my life again from scratch; at one point, I only had $20 to my name. I was terrified of losing my rental and desperately worked two jobs while studying. One day, I came across an article about sex work. There was a lot to consider and with the help of intense planning, counselling, and research, I entered the sex work industry.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
I am a work in progress. I love learning. My joy and purpose comes from being able to help others.
Someone once said to me, "It's not about seeing the glass half full or half empty, it's about knowing it's refillable!"
My life right now revolves almost completely around sex work. Apart from MANASAY and working as an independent escort myself, I also work as the local community interpreter supporting migrant and multicultural sex workers who do not speak English. I am endlessly gaining perspective from street based sex workers who are so kind to let me into their circle. I am also actively supporting SWs who are facing domestic violence situations.
I feel privileged to be in such a position because it is a big responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
WHAT IS THE MANASAY STANDARD?
PRIDE IN YOUR BRAND
you prize your brand and you constantly seek to build brand loyalty from all your clients
you knowingly set your rates and all advertising material with complete consent
you endeavour to deliver what you advertised as best you can
you actively ensure all advertised materials are updated and revised
you follow all procedures to ensure your safety and avoid delay in receiving online payments
you meet your clients with the same preening standard as depicted in your photos
you are updated with the MANASAY Terms & Conditions
PUNCTUAL & COMMUNICATIVE
you endeavour to be on time and you communicate using our chat functions when delayed
you seek first to understand clients
you rely on our chat functions to communicate
for all your peers, clients, and MANASAY staff at all times
for yourself and your personal boundaries
you seek help and solutions first when faced with challenges. Contact us; we are here for you and your clients 24/7
WHEN WILL MANASAY LAUNCH?
UPDATE: Beta testing is taking place now in Q4 of 2018. I hope to launch 2019.
If you would like to be a beta tester, please contact Kitty Galore.
HOW CAN I BE PART OF THIS MOVEMENT?
If you share the same values as I do and if you like what you read in the MANASAY standard, then come along simply by signing up (see above). If you LOVE what I’m doing and want to offer more help then please contact me via DM or text so I can ring you to organise a catch up. If you don’t like what I’m doing, I hope you can provide some feedback which will help us just the same.
DOES MANASAY SUPPORT DECRIM?
Whilst Kitty is naturally an apolitical person learning the political scope of this industry, she does fully support decrim and hopes that outdated laws surrounding sex work which impede sex workers from being safe will eventually be abolished.
Contact Kitty direct via 0439 777 697 or use the form in the Contact Us page.