How Proper Screening Can Save an Entertainer’s Life

Recently, I received an email from a client who was finished. Tragically, her story goes like so many before her. Broken down and humiliated, she retreated into herself and decided that her profession as a companion was over.

Fate was about to find her

Christine (not her real name) had been a Los Angeles courtesan for years. There were a few men in the past with whom she had experienced unfavorable encounters but no situations that threatened her life. Christine took for granted that in her profession she regularly opened herself, sharing intimacy with total strangers that left her vulnerable and susceptible to the worst of circumstances. Or nothing at all. Through vouching of other companion friends and forum verification, she accepted as standard practice systems that could never give her a 100% guarantee as to the safety of a client. Thus, Christine regularly took her life into her own hands with every single engagement, a sort of Russian roulette in the world of professional dating. But the game was about to catch up with her.

The interaction began like any other

An initial query developed into a series of flirty emails until finally a date was set. Christine completed her due diligence – at least that’s what she thought. A few of her escort friends vouched for this man and not a negative impression seemed to be attached to his profile. He also provided her with several references.

That evening, Christine readied herself and dressed in a soft, sexy ensemble

Her blonde locks fell around tanned shoulders leading to a thing waist and long, shapely legs. She looked gorgeous. She is a sweet, caring person and genuine to the core. But this evening she would be treated like dirt.

The man in question was Tom

(I have no idea about his real name.) Christine’s first mistake was inviting this person into her home. She greeted him at the door with a huge smile, a hug and soft peck on the lips. They settled into the sofa where she offered him a glass of his favorite beverage as light conversation ensued. What Christine did not know is that not only was Tom an alcoholic but was on the verge of losing his job as a corporate executive. Somehow, the conversation took a turn and Tom became belligerent. With not the most astute reaction, Christine tried to calm him but his aggressive behavior only escalated. Forcefully, he grabbed her and tried to kiss her. As she resisted and tried to fight back, he manhandled her onto the floor as her head hit the corner of the table. No one outside answered to her screams.

Finally, Tom came to his senses and fled her apartment

But only after he bloodied her lip and blackened her eye. Christine’s head throbbed as blood trickled down her neck. Tom ran to the door slamming it behind him. Heavy silence thick with betrayal fell over Christine as she curled up in the corner of the room shivering and crying like an abused little girl. The next morning, humiliated and frightened that this monster might return, she sent me the email. She never called 911 out of fear for her livelihood. She is lucky to be alive.

The scenario represents an outrage for two reasons

  1. What gave such a slime bag the right to violate this woman?
  2. Why on earth didn’t Christine complete a background check before ever communicating with this pervert?

Human rights are inherent to all and should never, ever be defiled

With a penchant for violence, Tom was a disturbed man disguised in a designer suit. At the expense of Christine’s dignity, he shamed her with psychological wrath and harmed her with physical abuse.

Turns out this man was a hardened criminal with a track record of assault, battery and scores of broken restraining orders. Had Christine completed a background check prior to this horrific experience, she could have avoided the encounter.

Broken and ashamed, she went to the extreme

And chose to end her profession as an entertainment companion. But this precipitous decision came at a cost. No longer could she fund her college education in pursuit of a law degree. No longer could she adequately support her small son for Christine was also a single mother.

The long road back

I have been consulting with Christine. She is learning that by taking proper measures to uphold her safety, she might be able to continue her companionship business with a completely different approach. Though her spirit was broken, she is healing. She is implementing a stealthy screening process that includes mandatory background checks and employment verification. With my guidance, she is re-branding and building a new website with content that speaks only to dignified gentlemen.

This situation will never again happen to Christine.