Rent-A-Gent is a new escort service that offers up hunks-for-hire to serve as handymen, arm candy and "sexy task rabbits" (what the hell is a sexy task rabbit?), or you can rent them simply to make your ex jealous. So, basically, you can hire a male slave for the day. The catch is that according to the contract, no sex can be exchanged. That's what makes this service legal because these men are simply escorts and not male prostitutes.
Revenge was actually the motivating factor in creating Rent-A-Gent. Founder Sara Shikhman came up with the idea because she needed a hottie on her arm at an event that her ex-boyfriend would be attending. Shikhman expanded the idea to include men available for every purpose except for sex, as I just mentioned. The "Gents" must sign a contract that forbids sex, and the customers are well informed before the transaction. Here's what I don't get; what if there is chemistry there and the "gent" and his client actually end up liking each other. Are they allowed to bang each other then? Well, I guess if they went on a date without the girl paying and the sex happens, I guess that wouldn't be under contract, right? But what if they start dating? Would the girl expect her "gent" to quit his day job, though the money is pretty good? Something to think about when you become a "gent" I guess.
Shikhman says, "There are so many different things women can choose to do with their money. We buy thousand-dollar shoes because we CAN and now we can rent a guy because we CAN!" Since she launched the Rent-A-Gent website last winter, she has sent "gents" to 200 women in the New York area. Shikhman has since added Las Vegas, Chicago and Texas to the service. Wait, can these gents have sex with the women in Vegas since prostitution is legal out there? Of course, you could hire one of Shikhman's handy men to be a handyman, but the gimmick is obvious: "This is more about provocation than plumbing." Shikhman went on to say, "We have two big markets: the bachelorette market and the dates and events market."
Women have the opportunity to shop for the men by perusing a seamless menu. There's a selection of 40 men like "Eric" the actor, who moonlights as the perfect wedding date, or "Jude" the sommelier, who's modeled for Valentino and has a degree in international studies, or "Tim" the blogger, who...Okay, who am I kidding? The cost for the men is about $200 per hour and according to some women, Rent-A-Gent is a service that you'll wish had a no-return policy. Okay, I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. Though, there is no sex involved isn't this still kind of a form of prostitution? Then again, I guess it really isn't. Plus, how do we know for sure there is no hanky panky going on? Is there someone following them throughout the date? If Rent-A-Gent is indeed what it says it is with no sex, the dating scene is doomed.
Take a look at the video below to see what the New York Daily News learned about Rent-A-Gent: