The global elite grappling with the world’s biggest problems – including gender inequality – at the Davos summit are fueling a rise in prostitution in the Swiss resort town.
The demand for sex work skyrockets each year as world leaders and business tycoons gather from around the world to rub shoulders.
Escorts will be booked at the same hotels as senior bosses and their employees during the five-day summit, which began Jan. 16.
A sex worker named Liana said she wears business attire so she doesn’t stand out among executives, even though prostitution is legal in Switzerland.
Salome Balthus (pictured), sex worker and writer, is staying in a hotel near Davos during the summit
She told Bild that she regularly sees an American who visits Switzerland several times a year and is one of the 2,700 conference participants.
Liana charges around 700 euros for an hour and 2,300 euros for the whole night, plus travel expenses.
The head of an escort service in Aargau, 100 miles from the summit, says she has already received 11 bookings and 25 inquiries – and expects many more to follow this week.
Compared to 20 minutes, she says: “Some also book escorts for themselves and their employees to celebrate in the hotel suite.”
Salome Balthus, sex worker and author, tweeted: “Dating in Switzerland during #WWF means looking at security guards’ gun barrels in the hotel corridor at 2am – and then sharing the free chocolates from the restaurant with them and… to gossip about the rich… #Davos #WEF.’
The demand for sex work skyrockets every year as world leaders and business tycoons gather
The 36-year-old is staying in a hotel near Davos throughout the summit but has refused to reveal the influential clients.
She warned, “Believe me, you don’t want to get into a legal battle with them.”
In 2020, an investigation by The Times revealed that at least 100 prostitutes were traveling to the Davos summit, according to a Swiss police officer.
An official driver for the forum said he picked up a sex worker who claimed she had been forced by her “boss” to sleep with an elderly customer at a delegates’ hotel.
Topics for discussion at this year’s summit include the Ukraine war, global inflation rates, climate change and inequality.
Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska will deliver a rare international address at the annual gathering today.
The Covid-19 pandemic has torpedoed the event for the past two years, but a spring version took place eight months ago.
Alain Berset, President of Switzerland, Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab pose together today
Dozens of sessions on Tuesday will focus on topics as diverse as gender parity, the return of manufacturing, the green transition, efforts to end tuberculosis and the intersection of food, water and energy, and will be attended by actor Idris Elba.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Liu He are also among the speakers.
Nearly 600 CEOs and more than 50 leaders are expected, but it’s never clear how much concrete action will emerge from the elite event.
The elite gathering is regularly skewered by critics who argue that attendees are too aloof or too profit- or power-oriented to meet the needs of ordinary people and the planet.
Throughout the week, critics and activists wait outside the Davos conference center to try to hold policymakers and business leaders accountable.
It began on Sunday when dozens of climate activists, some with clown makeup, braved the snowfall to wave banners and chant slogans at the end of Davoser Promenade, a thoroughfare now lined with window logos of corporate titans like Accenture, Microsoft, Salesforce and Meta lined up, as well as country houses representing national interests.
Greenpeace International has also blasted the use of corporate jets to carry bigwigs, saying such carbon-spitting transportation smacks of hypocrisy for an event touting their push for a greener world.
It said over 1,000 private jet flights arrived and departed from airports serving Davos in May.
Forum President Borge Brende acknowledged on Sunday that some government leaders and CEOs are flying this way.
“I think what’s even more important is to make sure we have agreements on how we’re moving overall and pushing the boundaries when it comes to the green agenda,” he said.
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