She’s smart, beautiful and ambitious, college educated, fluent in French and trained as a classical pianist.
But she isn’t the girl you’re taking home to Mom.
She’s a $5K-an-hour high-end hooker.
When you shell out for the kind of escort Gov. Spitzer allegedly hired, you get what you pay for.
Masters of the universe – industry leaders, powerful politicians and celebrities – want more than just quick sex. They’re seeking brains, beauty and ambition, someone “nice” who won’t make them feel as if they’ve been forced to slum it for sex.
“The agency for which I worked pushed cultural background,” says Jeannette Angell, author of the memoirs “Callgirl” and “Madam,” who worked as an escort in Boston in the 1990s. “The women were educated, could converse on political issues or on philosophy or in another language. They were women you wouldn’t feel embarrassed about taking out to dinner with your business colleagues.”
“The average guy who pays for a high-end service is between 40 and 50 and he books for three hours,” says former pimp Jason Itzler, who was arrested in January 2005 for running a Manhattan brothel that catered to the city’s elite.
“Let’s just say that sex lasts for about two minutes and the rest of the time the girl is schmoozing him and feeding his ego.”
Today’s high-end NY call girl commands from $2,000 to $10,000 for one hour. But the hefty price tag comes with some outrageous demands, the kind the girls (including Spitzer’s alleged girl) call “unsafe.”
“Look, the more expensive the suit they have on, the more bizarre their requests can get and the bossier they can be,” says former escort Samantha Waters, who has been flown around the world to service CEOs, lobbyists and professional athletes.
Waters, author of “The Dot.com Call Girl,” comes from a privileged background and got a degree from the University of San Francisco in philosophy. While turning tricks for millionaires, she held down a second job as a dynamo sales representative for a Silicon Valley tech firm.
“They are very arrogant, and they bring their power in society behind closed doors with them. The more white-collar gentlemen want the risky behavior. They are more likely to ask you to have sex without protection and then throw in an extra couple of grand for your trouble,” Waters says, adding that condoms are almost always mandatory, even at the top of the pricing scale.
Clients often offered to triple Angell’s rate if she would forgo protection.
“My health is worth more,” she says.
Other requests, though, got the okay. “One guy asked if he could dress up in women’s clothes and requested that I call him Christine instead of Chris and paint his nails,” says Waters. “Another wanted to pretend the whole time that he was appearing before the board of Barclay’s Bank, in the nude.”
Not all clients want kinky sex for their cash. Many are seeking one very specific fantasy: the “girlfriend experience,” called G.F.E. in the biz.
“I was expecting all kinds of bondage scenarios and costumes,” says Angell. “But for most men the fantasy was to have a really, really nice date … which I found amazing and a little sad, that it was about reenacting the genteel things, like holding the door and asking you about your preference in wine. And never mentioning money because it’s a date.”
“It’s important to understand it didn’t really mean you’re their girlfriend,” says Tracy Quan, a former hooker and author of “Diary of a Married Call Girl.” “It just meant that you were nice and that you were cuddly.”
At the height of his business, Itzler’s arsenal included 120 women he sent to high-powered clients. He held daily casting calls for new ones.
“I said no to 19 out of the 20 women I would interview,” Itzler says. “The girls I chose weren’t just smart and beautiful but ambitious, and they wanted to get to know the heads of industry. They had a purpose and it wasn’t all money. They wanted to get ahead.”
His employees worked two or three days a week, with one to two appointments a day, making as much as $100K a month that they spent on expensive apartments, shoes, bags, trips and up to $600 a week for personal grooming.
They carried on real relationships, too. Many of Quan’s NYC colleagues were engaged or married. “Sometimes we would laugh about it and say, ‘I really feel like I shouldn’t have this boyfriend. I should be out working.'”
Itzler says his girls earned the luxury of a personal life from call girl in NY.
“At the end of the day, these girls didn’t need to do this. They could have dated a rich and powerful man who would have taken care of them, but they wanted their own money and their independence, and this job gave it to them.”