entertainment bars go empty in phuket, thailand amid the covid-19 pandemic. Photo by Thomas De Cian/NurPhoto via AP
A man’s search for companionship went viral this week because of the peculiar requirement he wrote on social media: He wanted an escort who could prove she had COVID-19.
“Looking for the infected only. Work starts at 10 p.m.,” someone writing on behalf of a client wrote in a Line messaging group, a screenshot of which has been widely shared on Facebook since Jan. 11. “The client wants to be positive [for COVID-19],” the post continued, adding that the female companion should be able to prove she has the virus by presenting an antigen test kit with “two lines” indicating a positive result.
The man offered 3,000 to 5,000 Thai baht ($90 to $150) for the service, stating that he only wanted to breathe on one another rather than trade bodily fluids. He threw in a…