Wednesday, March 12, 2008

How do you rate prostitutes

In the affidavit, the woman the Emperor’s Club called Kristen is described as “an American, petite, very pretty brunette, 5 feet 5 inches, and 105 pounds.” She apparently was booked at about $1,000 an hour, placing her in the middle of the seven-diamond scale by which Emperor’s prostitutes were paid up to $4,300 an hour.

Ms. Capalbo said that she was “shell-shocked” when her daughter called in the middle of last week and told her she had been working as an escort and was now in trouble with the law. She said she was not sure that Ms. Dupré realized who Mr. Spitzer was when he was her client.

“She is a very bright girl who can handle someone like the governor,” Ms. Capalbo said. “But she also is a 22-year-old, not a 32-year-old or a 42-year-old, and she obviously got involved in something much larger than her.”

-The Woman at the Center of the Governor’s Downfall

Is Virtue What We Buy or What We Sell?

A Call Girl’s View of the Spitzer Affair
Q. How would you describe your typical client?

A. My clients are generally white, married, and professional males, between 40 and 50 years old, with incomes over $100,000 a year. They tend to be doctors, lawyers, and businessmen looking to get away for a few hours in the middle of the day.

Q. Are there any generalizations you can make about clients from different industries — i.e., doctors vs. lawyers vs. politicians, etc.?

A. I have had politicians as clients, but never someone of [Spitzer’s] stature. I think it should be noted that politics is a little unusual as a profession, since politicians tend to have enemies, who have lots of power. This makes politicians different from most corporate executives or lawyers or even professional athletes. I couldn’t say I could classify my clients by their chosen profession. That being said, I think it’s clear that clients with more disposable cash are willing to spend more money if they think their privacy will be protected.

Q. What’s the most you’ve ever been paid for a date (overnight/weekend/whatever)?

A. I have been paid $10,000 for two days, and $1,000 for an hour, but this is rare for me.

Q. How do you think your life would change if prostitution were made legal?

A. I’m sure it would cause me to lower my rates. I’m sure more people would take up prostitution as a profession, and I am sure more men would partake in the activity. That said, legalization does not remove all the barriers to entry. The job still would have a huge negative stigma associated with it, both for the escorts and the clients. In countries like Canada, enforcement of prostitution laws is extremely lax, and while rates are lower, they aren’t wildly different. So there would still be men out there afraid of their wives finding out, and I still wouldn’t want to share my job title with my family.

Q. What percentage of your clients are married?

A. Almost all of my clients are married. I would say easily over 90 percent. I’m not trying to justify this business, but these are men looking for companionship. They are generally not men that couldn’t have an affair [if they wanted to], but men who want this tryst with no stings attached. They’re men who want to keep their lives at home intact.

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