Australia’s Gwyneth Montenegro has written a tell all book of her former high flying career as a $1000 an hour escort and how she arrived there and of course all the uncomfortable things she came to find out about herself and society.
In the book, titled, 10 000 men and counting, the former escort and devout raised Christian tells how she came to bed exactly 10 091 men as an elite escort. Making note that at the height of her career she was making anywhere between $500- $1000 AUD an hour for her ‘services.‘
In Montenegro’s book the reader comes to find the former escort living a life of whirlwind of drug- and alcohol-induced sexual encounters and orgies. Rendezvous which would come to take place ‘all over Australia along with being flown to exotic destinations.’
But despite the good times she had as an escort, the 36-year-old said if she could have her time over again, she would not have gone down that path.
In a somber recollection, Gwyneth Montenegro writes how she was gang-raped at 18, started dancing on table tops at 19 and how she became a ‘high-end’ escort by 21.
Born into a family with deep Christian values and wanted to ‘save herself’ until the right man came along, the then young woman could have hardly envisioned what waited for her outside of her Melbourne, Australia upbringing.
With the positive attention she was getting from clients from table dancing helping her to forget her days of being bullied at school, Montenegro found herself increasingly attracted to a life she could never have envisaged.
‘It actually gave me the confidence I never had,‘ she writes.
‘For the first time, I connected with people, with the other girls, and it made me flourish.
‘It was like a family. That’s the good side of it.’
But after three years of dancing, Gwyneth Montenegro took the leap into the world of escorting – working mostly in Melbourne.
Later in her career, as she ‘worked up the ladder’, expanding her services to all over Australia and other parts of the world where escorting was legal.
In her full on disclosure, Gwyneth Montenegro (who uses the name as a stage name) writes how her main clients were white-collar workers peppered with well-known faces – including lawyers, politicians and musicians and of course often married.
To ease her guilt and numb her to the idea of being an escort, Montenegro blew ‘thousands and thousands’ she earned on a new car and clothes.
Recalls the former escort: ‘When I moved up in the escort world, I was meeting more influential and richer clients and I had my first experience with cocaine in my early 20s and it was real A-grade stuff – he was a multi-millionaire. I thought: “Wow, this is really cool”,’
‘I ended up actually taking cocaine for six to eight months and I was also on speed.
‘It was a lifestyle of cocaine, speed and French champagne.’
During her revelations, Gwyneth Montenegro tells, ‘It was this kind of destructive lifestyle that motivated me to go to pen.’
Reiterating: ‘People have certain perceptions of escorts – you don’t know who could get into it – and I wanted to de-stigmatise it,’
‘For those who want to go in to it, I want to get them to really think about it because once you get into it, it really lives with you.
‘And I also just wanted to give those people in the [sex] industry a voice because I’m a human being, they’re human beings.
‘The main thing for me is that if I can change one person from making that decision [to enter the industry] then I would have done something good, something meaningful and that would mean a lot to me.’
Though Montenegro says she had no ‘horror stories‘ to tell about her time as an escort, she insists she ‘desperately tried to turn her back on the industry.’
The former escort at one stage even came to own up to her family what she was doing after noticing all the amounting trinkets. And although they didn’t like it, Montenegro tells her parents were understanding and supportive when they discovered the truth.
After an accident in her mid 20’s forced her to reappraise her life, Montenegro finally achieved her dream of becoming a fully licensed commercial pilot at 29 years old.
But her new life as a charter pilot and doing scenic tours was cut short when she diagnosed with kidney failure, which prevented her from getting medical approval to keep her licence.
Again falling back into the industry, the escort went on to soldier on until at age 33 she retired and cut off all ties with it when she met her business partner, known only as Roger.
From there Montenegro started a course in neuro-linguistic programming and together with Roger they started building a business.
‘It’s like mind science – like (famous US life coach) Tony Robbins does – it’s like a new age psychology, and it really helped me deal with a lot of my issues,’
Which inspires the awkward question how much has Gwyneth Montenegro actually come to redeem herself and will there ever be the temptation to re enter the intrigue of the dark side which the author so clearly covets even though she is bashful to admit it.