Ben Delicious reports from Manchester: The escort industry in Britain is in turmoil as fears are growing among the hard working sex workers that the fall-out from the scandal surrounding former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers, may reflect badly on the integrity of the whole sex trade. Things got out of hand when the rent boy, who took part in the gay orgies with Flowers, told hacks about his experiences with the former Methodist minister and Labour activist, throwing the whole principle of client confidentiality that the escort industry is known for into disrepute.
The Federation of Escort Agencies, a trade union type of organisation, has strongly condemned anyone form the sex trade who reveals details about the services they provide to customers. In a letter sent out to leading politicians, heads of banks and big companies and senior clergymen the federation points out that escort agencies have been providing discreet and highly enjoyable services to their clients for centuries and have managed to keep them confidential. The letter points out that the person who was taking part in the sex sessions with Mr Flowers broke the code of conduct of the escort industry and will suffer the consequences. In fact, it has been already reported that the man in question has been sacked from his agency, the Happy Willies, and will no longer be recommended by the industry to any of its high-profile clients, especially the ones who are working in the world of banking and toil as men of the cloth.
Gus Flowers, no relation, owner of Tipsy Hard-Ons, a successful escort agency operating in the South West of Britain and catering for men with erectile problems, told Stirring Trouble that the name of the game in the industry is all about confidentiality. ‘Our clients are some of the most important people in the country,’ Mr Flowers said, ‘who include senior politicians, minor royals, public figures, businessmen, bankers and celebrities, all with erectile issues, who want one thing from our service – secrecy. And we give it to them, charging an additional fee for it. So when someone starts talking to the press about his relations with a customer, it reflects badly on all of us.’
Another escort agency, Anal Wonderland, that operates mostly in the Westminster area of London, has sent out a private letter to all of its customers reassuring them that they can continue using its escorts without any fear of revelation. ‘We are a classy establishment,’ the letter says, ‘and have been involved in providing a VIP service to MPs and the civil service for more than three decades now. We would be mad to undermine our credibility by talking to the media.’
As a confidence building teaser Anal Wonderland is offering its customers two rent boys for the price of one this month and next.
Currently escorts charge their clients from £80 up to £400 an hour, depending on the area where they operate, their appearance and the ability to help cope with erectile problems or dry vagina symptoms. The industry has been making healthy profits throughout the past 13 years, boosted by high demand in the banking and business sectors, among liberal minded clergy and the political establishment. Politicians are some of the favourite clients of escort agencies, as they can claim the money they spend on sexual intercourse as their business expenses, hiring the same escorts over and over again. Which is not the worst way to spend public money, as it reaches the real economy very quickly.