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- One escort said that girls were mainly students in their 20s paying for university
- Escorts can charges as much as £3,000 for a six-hour booking at a client’s hotel
- Nearly 3,000 conference delegates have attended for the five-day jamboree
- Prostitution is legal in Switzerland, with sex workers expected to pay taxes
The Grandhotel Belvedere sits majestically on a hill overlooking Davos. It’s aptly named. The Belvedere resembles a magnificent Alpine stately home. ‘Five-star plus with old-school charm’ is how one recent guest described their stay here.
How much does a room cost? It’s impossible to say at the moment because the gilded establishment, just down the road from Klosters, is currently closed to ‘ordinary’ members of the public.
Here’s a clue, though. The going rate for basic rooms in Davos — without even a TV or desk — is currently an inflation-busting £800 a night, which gives some indication of what the guests who have been booked into the Belvedere are shelling out.
Then again, the tab they pick up at the Belvedere is little more than small change for these people: they are hedge funders, bankers, chief executives, investors — the so-called ‘masters of the universe’ — who have descended on the Swiss resort, two hours from Zurich, for a meeting of the World Economic Forum.
‘Five-star plus with old-school charm’ is how one recent guest described their stay at the Grandhotel Belvedere, which sits majestically on a hill overlooking Davos
Nearly 3,000 conference delegates were in town for the five-day jamboree, the first in the post-pandemic era, said to provide an £80 million boost to the local economy.
But there is another ‘economy’ in Davos (pop. just over 11,000) which also receives a considerable boost from the summit — a world that exists in parallel with the earnest discussions on the debating floor of the Congress Centre, and that is the so-called ‘oldest profession in the world’.
Prostitution is legal in Switzerland, with sex workers expected to pay taxes, register with local authorities and undergo regular health checks. And business is booming.
Earlier this week, high-class escort Salome Balthus, 36, revealed how she had been booked by a delegate. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline after leaving the plush hotel where she had been staying with her client, she said: ‘Davos is all about power, money and sex, and all three make good bedfellows.
‘I have a regular client and he asked me to meet him at Davos as he was attending. I told him I was in Germany, but he arranged flights and a car for me. We stayed in a beautiful hotel in Davos, drinking champagne and eating fabulous meals.
I gave him what he required and he was very satisfied, but it’s also not just about sex, my clients like to have intelligent conversation as well.
‘I enjoy my work and it’s not all lying on my back, it’s also helping someone to unwind and relax . . . but you really can’t expect me to tell you who my client is.
Prostitution is legal in Switzerland, with sex workers expected to pay taxes, register with local authorities and undergo regular health checks
‘All I will say is that he has a lot of money and you don’t want trouble in court . . . I would be in big trouble if I shared some of the secrets I have learned to keep.’
Salome, who has her own escort agency in Berlin, called Hetaera, added: ‘My clients are always of a very high standard and the fact I have a degree in philosophy and German literature guarantees that they will not only have a good time sexually but also intellectually.
‘I have a wonderful silver fox client, who likes me to wear a see-through blouse and talk French to him because it reminds him of a forbidden love he had as a schoolboy.
‘He was just 12 and his French teacher was in her 20s and was stunningly beautiful. He would fantasise about her so that’s what he wants from me — to dress in a see-through blouse and talk French.’
Salome is by no means alone. Davos is also providing much business for Amy, who runs the Pink Sheets escort agency in Amsterdam, and has had to send a team of girls to sate the peccadilloes of the world’s economic high-flyers.
‘I’ve sent six girls to Davos and it’s been good for us, in fact we first started getting enquiries around two months ago. Business has been so good there that a couple of the girls have been asked to extend their stay by the clients for the weekend.
‘They are having a fabulous time, luxury hotels, fine food and they are great company for the clients.
Davos is also providing much business for Amy, who runs the Pink Sheets escort agency in Amsterdam, and has had to send a team of girls to sate the peccadilloes of the world’s economic high-flyers
‘My girls are mainly students in their 20s who are paying for university or have finished their studies and need to pay loans back.
‘I don’t up [our] rates for Davos, as I like to remain transparent obviously. I expect the travel and any incidental accommodation expenses to be met by the clients.
‘Most of the bookings in Davos are for two days, so that is 6,000 euros plus, as I mentioned earlier, any expenses. This is a great way for them to make money and I’m hoping that by going to Davos the girls will network and the clients will also mention us so we can get some more business.
‘We cater for anything a client desires, within reason, and the feedback I have had from my girls in Davos has been very good. They send me smiley faces and thumbs-up emojis.
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