The Seedy Side of Davos

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If, like me, you assumed World Economic Forum meetings were full of altruistic, visionary leaders sourcing the most nutritious bugs for us to eat in our future (rented) EcoPods, you may be shocked at the Mail’s latest article, which claims that, at Davos, “pointing at the ceiling in a bar is all it takes to order sex”.

Here’s an excerpt:

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”.

And there I was, dear reader, thinking it was all about saving our beautiful planet by owning nothing and being happy. I am literally shaking. But thankfully there is an educational aspect to all this, as Salome explains:

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.”

So you see, there is really nothing seedy about it after all.

The claim about “pointing at the ceiling” is explained as follows:

One of the people who emerged from the scrum was a young American from a tech firm who had just attended a party in the penthouse above. “At the Europe”, he said, “you stand at the bar and point upstairs, whereas at the Belvedere you have to make a call.”

Making a call to Swiss Eve or Salome Balthus is normally how it works in Davos. “These agencies use many, many ways to get girls to Davos — cars, trains, and even helicopters”, he told us. “They are then put up in apartments by the escort agencies.

“Basically, they are all in place and positioned so that at the drop of a hat they can take a call, entertain a client for a couple of hours, then go straight back to the apartment and wait for the next call, then go out again.”

Let’s hope our glorious Davos leaders apply the same efficiency to planning our eco-friendly utopia.

Worth reading in full in you like this kind of thing.