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Halfway Hookers in Nightclubs

The Anatomy of a Nightclub, and the New Prostitution

There's an in-depth article in New York magazine this week about how Rachel Uchitel — one of Tiger Woods's many women — was not a madam (technically) when she met Woods as a VIP host in a Las Vegas club. But it goes beyond Tiger's scandal and Rachel's newfound fame, and into the sort-of prostitution world of exclusive nightclubs.

I gleaned a basic outline of who's who in the nightclub world, and how all together they make the Cristal go 'round.

VIP host: Is like the madam of a night nightclub. She works out the complicated seating arrangements that the politics of status dictate. She sells tables, either quoting prices based on name and credit card type, or holding full-on auctions and awarding tables to the highest bidders. Her BlackBerry knows everything she doesn't about clients: birthdays, children's names, preferred drinks, and preferred women.


Promoters: Glorified pimps. They're hired by clubs on a freelance basis to bring people in. They usually specialize in a certain type, like hipster promoters or model promoters, etc.

The women: Women solicited by modeling agencies and hired by promoters. Some have successful careers outside the club, but most are still trying to make it. They are the ambiance and entertainment in a nightclub. After the client, they may be the biggest asset.

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Bottle girls: They are cocktail waitresses, but with better tips and more "responsibilities." They make at least $1,000 per night in tips, and can easily make $100,000 per year by working three nights per week. Like VIP hosts, they are expected to have clients, who they can text and ask to come by that night. The more a client spends, the bigger the fanfare (and by fanfare I do mean sparklers), which tells the women hired by the promoters who to sit by. One former bottle girl said she made more money than friends who were prostitutes without ever having sex with clients. But then again, she was also fired for slapping a man who slid his hand up her skirt.

The client: The reason VIP hosts, models, bottle girls, and promoters get out of bed every afternoon. Whether he's a celebrity, athlete, or i-banker, the whole elaborate show is for him. The bigger the name or wallet, the better the seat. And the best seats in the house usually have the best views. There the client can look out at the orchestrated masterpiece and choose which pretty girls he'd like to have a drink with.

The only thing separating the VIP hosts from madams; promoters from pimps; models from actresses; bottle girls from call girls; and clients from johns is how money is exchanged. The sex industry will ask for the money up front, but nightclubbers seek money through other avenues and accept gifts and favors. But Jason Itzler, founder of a high-profile escort agency, inventor of the "girlfriend experience" (GFE), and obvious visionary, believes the nightclub is where the future of prostitution is at.

“That’s where trends in prostitution are headed,” he says. “Guys go crazy for the GFE."

Source: Flickr User ethorson

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GregS GregS 7 years
Betty, only you have the chain to my nose ring.
GregS GregS 7 years
Yeah, I'll be your gigolo any day, hun. :)
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
10 in three months? That's only because I wasn't there. Greg you wouldn't make me pay anyway.
GregS GregS 7 years
Betty - I ain't cheap!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Betty Wayne, the one male prostitute (aka prostidude) that Shady Lady Ranch had taken on back in January quit because business wasn't so hot. Apparently he only had 10 customers in a three month span. I guess there needs to be an evolution of societal norms before prostidudes can have a successful career!
robinlh912 robinlh912 7 years
I agree that if people want to do this for a living, then let them. Sure there are plenty of things out there that are better uses of people's time, but I'm not going to hate them for doing what they're doing!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Whatever. How about MEN evolve to the point they start selling their bodies to us.
GregS GregS 7 years
If I could make $100K handing out drinks...why not? I'll play nice.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i agree. if they can make their money that way, more power to them. it's not illegal, and they make a good living. if they're happy, great!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Hey, whatever. Let a girl do what a girl wants to do. It's like geishas and teahouses... love it.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I wish women could evolve. This is getting so old.
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