April 2018 was a rough month for classified sex sites. Now backpage is shut down for good, we'll need to find other places for escorts and casual sex.
Depending on what you used Backpage for, there's different types of substitutes that will work best for you.
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Why was backpage taken down? In case you missed the news, Backpage and other sex ad sites were taken down by the US government after the FOSTA SESTA law was passed. The law essentially banned all classified sex ads in the USA, making it a lot more difficult to find escorts and BP hookups.
After backpage was taken down a couple new clones have been popping up. Sites like bedpage.com and ebackpage.com have the same design as backpage, and even though they're technically illegal under the new law, it's only them that can get in trouble, not you. Other sex dating sites have also adjusted their platforms to be more accommodating to backpage refugees.
Here are all the classified style and hookup alternatives. If you want sites dedicated to escorts, skip to the section on alternatives for sex workers.
Adult Friend Finder
Free Hookup Search
Bedpage is like backpage, except with a more sexually aggressive black and red color scheme. Despite this, it is pretty hard to actually find sex on this site. There is a lot of fake accounts and it took me a week of trying to finally get a meetup.
When it did work it was a similar experience to backpage or craigslist personals, but i'm pretty sure the woman I found was the only gal on bedpage in my city (Minneapolis).
I checked out other cities like Los Angeles, there it seems to be more busy. So whether or not this site works, seems to depend on where you live, hopefully that changes in the future.
The site also has more security than craigslist or backpage did. In order to create a post you need to verify your phone number, which supposedly helps cut down on the spam more.
Even though ebackpage looks exactly like backpage did, there's a lot that's missing.
For starters, real people would be good addition.
After searching the Minneapolis section I was only able to find lots of repeat ads and spam. When I did find a service that looked good I didn't receive any texts back from them. Maybe the site will get more visitors in the future, but as of now this place is a ghost town.
Yesbackpage is pretty much the same story as ebackpage and not the best replacement for backpage. I'm pretty sure the creator just made an exact copy of backpage.com and then left all the old accounts on there, even though there's no one to respond to them. I tried it for about an hour and gave up, i was already burnt out from going through ebackpage.
Oodle was one of the little guys in the USA classifieds game. They have been around for as long as backpage but they couldn't really compete. That is, until backpage was taken down.
Now Oodle has a growing personals sections that reminds me of craigslist personals. There are a few escorts that use this site, and it is more likely you will see people posting ads for casual sex.
Oodle also has a different type of user interface than backpage did. You can see peoples images on their posts and filter by things like age and sex.
Update: In September 2018 OLX removed their USA personals over SESTA concerns. This site can still be used for finding escorts and hookups while traveling to other countries.
If you go to Europe or South America, the people there won't know what backpage is. Instead they all use OLX.
And now that backpage is down people in the US are moving to the OLX personals section.
OLX classifieds really excels in one area, meeting foreigners to hook up with in your town. Because it is so popular in foreign countries like India, South Africa, Romania, Russia, Brazil, when those people visit USA they feel more comfortable using OLX and might not be aware of craigslist or other sites.
It's still tough to meet people locally, but if you like hooking up with foreign chick for free, this is a classified site worth trying instead of backpage.
These next five sites almost work better than backpage for finding escorts, there's less spam and most of them like switter, slixa, and escort directory are completely free--apart from the escort's rate. I also reviewed discreet dating sites like Ashley Madison and Victoria Milan and found them to be cheaper ways to get sex than escorts.
Victoria Milan (Escorts Substitute)
After Twitter started banning some of their profiles, sex workers got together and made Switter.at, a twitter style site meant just for sex workers. Switter means "Sex Worker Twitter" and it's a dream come true for finding escorts.
After you sign up you can go to https://listings.switter.at where you can scroll through all the ads for escorts near you. This feature beats backpage in my opinion, and lately this site has been going viral so there are a lot of choices available.
You can also follow all the escorts you like, then on the main page you will get all their 'sweet' messages. They announce if they are available, what they're up to, and any special rates.
One twist on finding hookups are discreet dating websites. These are sites for committed people looking to 'cheat', the only condition is that you can't tell on them or expect much in the long-term.
Usually this means lots of middle age women who are above average in attractiveness. They use sites like Ashley Madison because they are free for women and it lets them find partners who will keep their secret.
I enjoy the secretive aspect of this kind of affair dating because it keeps things exciting. It feels like you are a teenager again sneaking out to meet a crush at 2AM. The only downside of this site is that it costs money for men to use, but is free for women. This helps them attract a bunch of women to sign up and be a part of the community.
If you used Backpage to find ads for people looking to hookups, then this next list of alternatives is for you. On these sites you create profiles, post pictures, message, and video chat with other horny people in your area.
This type of site is still legal after the new law that took down backpage, so these might be the future of finding sex easily on the internet.
Adult Friend Finder
Free Hookup Search
This site is the best casual sex membership site. It has been around for 20 years and has a really big community. Once you become a member it is tough to have a dry-spell for long. I am always getting invited by women on this site to go to a swinger party or come over to hang out with some friends.
The main draw of this site is that everyone has a profile. It lets you get to know people before hand and make sure you want to meet up with them. You can also join chat groups on the site which work similar to meetup.com for people to find swingers and orgies.
There is also a sex education section where you can watch videos on how to do kinky stuff like bondage and electric play. There are also more vanilla videos like the karmasutra and other sex position courses.
This app is like Tinder but for hooking up. You swipe left and right just like Tinder and can only message people that you match with.
I gave it a test to see if it worked, but haven't had any luck. I even tried buying a premium account but the quality is less than Adult Friend Finder and Ashley Madison. If you feel like swiping i'd say Tinder is a better bet than using this.
My favorite new alternatives so far are Switter and Ashley Madison. If you feel like getting a longer relationship and finding a fuck buddy, then i'd recommend using AFF instead of backpage. If you feel like you are missing craigslist personals too you can view my list of replacements here.
This new law really hit hard and it's definitely a bummer to not have BP around. But, the new sites like backpage are fun to try out at least, good luck out there!