Quite frankly, I do not know what to make of it.
PETALING JAYA: Maths prodigy Sufiah Yusof, who is now working as a prostitute, claims she is living the life she wants without any regrets.
She does not think being an escort is sleazy and terrible and says her clients treat her like a princess in an interview with British tabloid News of the World.
“People think escorting is sleazy and terrible but I don’t see it like that,” she said in a no-holds-barred interview that was published with pictures of her in skimpy attire and sexy poses.
Sufiah claimed that she wanted to be in control of her life.
“I hate this stereotype society has of escorts as being exploited. It is so far from the truth. My clients treat me like a princess. One guy took me shopping on Bond Street. He bought me a beautiful black Gucci dress for £300 (RM1,920) and then took me to Selfridges, where I could pick a handbag I liked.”
Sufiah chose a £600 (RM3,840) Gucci clutch and later that night, she repaid him for his generosity .
The 23-year-old Sufiah, who passed her Maths A-level when she was only 12, was enrolled at St Hilda’s College in Oxford a year later.
She was working as an administrative assistant earning £16,000 (RM102,400) a year in Manchester when, about four months ago in a bar, she was asked by an “immaculate lady in a designer suit” to become an escort.
She found the offer appealing because she was running up debts of about £3,500 (RM22,400) in rent and credit card expenses.
“I have studied so intensely for so many years, I wanted to have some fun,” said Sufiah, whose Pakistani father Farooq Yusof forced her to study day and night.
The father is now in jail for sexually assaulting two pupils.
She sent her photographs to an escort website and the agency listed her. A few days later, she was offered a client.
She admitted being quite nervous, but excited as well.
Sufiah said the first client was a “lovely man” in his late 20s, tall and handsome.
“I left that night feeling totally elated having an amazing time with £250 (RM1,600) in my purse,” said Sufiah.
She has built a base of regular clients and saw between five and 10 men each week.
“I don’t believe my education had been wasted – in fact, I usually take problem sheets with me to solve before appointments,” she said.
Sufiah claimed she could earn more than £1,000 (RM6,400) a night by having dinner and staying over with a client.
“Now, I wonder if I could go back to a normal relationship, where you watch EastEnders and have boring sex. I’ve gotten used to being treated like a princess,” she said.
If Sufiah talked glowingly about her “career,” she was not so effusive when talking about her childhood and her father.
She recalled studying maths all the time. She did not have any friends or allowed to join any activities.
“As I grew older, I began to clash with my father. He was violent at times. He pushed me so far academically, I became more confident for any girl my age. I grew up too quickly.
“Oxford was an amazing place but I was too young. By the time I was 15, I wanted to be in control of my life. I fought back,” she said.
That was the year she ran away from university.
Sufiah told the News of the World she ran away with £200 (RM1,280). She found a hostel in London for £14 (RM89.60) a night. After a week, she moved to a hostel in Bournemouth.
When she was found in an Internet cafe, Sufiah refused to go home. She was placed in foster care.
When she was 18, Sufiah returned to Oxford to resume her studies. She fell in love and married fellow student Jonathan Marshall a year later.
“At that time, I thought we would be together forever, but we married too young and grew apart,” she said.
After the divorce, she moved back to London and taught maths in the evening. Six months ago, she shifted to Manchester and became an escort.
“I still enjoy learning and I find it puts me in the right frame of mind for an intelligent conversation with my clients,” she said.
Sufiah is adamant about continuing with her “career” because “I have a nice life.”
She also does not want much to do with her parents. Describing the relationship as estranged, she said she was in contact with them occasionally but “couldn’t speculate what they will think of my new life.”
“I have never felt so confident about my body and I’ve had some of the best sex of my life,” she said.Related Stories:
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