On May 27, the 76th Cannes Film Festival officially closed after nearly half a month of raging. What remains is the image of world A-list stars appearing splendidly on the red carpet of one of the most prestigious cinema events and a series of flashy parties in the heart of the French Riviera. However, few people know that behind it is an ugly underground force related to a high-class call girl line that specializes in serving rich, pleasure-loving guests.
The season of making money of sex services
An investigation of Daily Mail revealed market prostitutes from across Europe, known as “putes de luxes” in France, flock to the annual event venue to sell their bodies in luxury hotels.
The price of sex with a high-class “florist” to circumvent France’s strict anti-prostitution law is about 1,000 euros an hour (VND 25 million).
On the mainland, the beauties charge customers by the hour. During the festival period, the usual price will be increased significantly.
Many people can increase their income through tips and gifts, especially from wealthy Middle Eastern customers.
Daily Mail found a person doing this service outside the Le Majestic hotel in Cannes – the room rate for a night here is 2,000 euros (50.3 million VND), while normally only 395 euros (nearly 10 million VND). It was a Slovak blonde, named Klara, wearing a thigh-slit dress. She is as hot and beautiful as the ranks of models, actresses and Instagram stars at movie events.
She speaks fluently in English: “I usually work in Paris, but every year I go on tour here. Great earning opportunity. Sometimes, I just sit in the hotel lobby or in the bar. Men came and asked if I was working or wanted to trade. They told me the room number, then I followed them upstairs.
You have to be careful because the hotels don’t want that to happen, but they can’t stop it. This is the oldest industry in the world. The movie business is all about glamor and excitement. Of course, people want sex. I charge 1,000 euros/hour. There is a discount if going for 2 hours or more, and the night price is 5,000 euros. But in reality, it usually only takes a few minutes. Then it’s just a matter of chatting with them. They get drunk or on drugs doesn’t help, unless it’s Viagra and I’m having a hard time. Money doesn’t matter because they can afford in a place like Le Majestic. I never reveal anyone’s name.”
Klara added that one customer was so pleased with her overnight service that he bought her a necklace worth 3,000 euros (more than 75.5 million VND) from the Messika jewelry store on the Avenue de La Croisette by the sea. famous of Cannes.
On Boulevard de La Croisette there is the luxurious Carlton Hotel – the residence of Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jude Law, husband and wife Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones this year. According to an unnamed restaurant waiter, Carlton is the best hotel in town, with strict security, only hotel guests are allowed in the evening.
“But I know two people (who work as prostitutes) have booked rooms there. It costs them almost 3,000 euros/night, but they easily get it back. There is no shortage of men who want to use their services. But privacy comes first. They will never discuss customer identities,” said the waiter.
Daily Mail found evidence of high profile call girls traveling to Cannes during the 12 days of the festival.
Alica (25 years old), from Kazakhstan, usually works in the UK, but moved to a coastal city in France during the film festival.
On the Web Euro Girls Escort , Alica said in Cannes within a month from May 15. She charges 1,000 euros / hour and 5,500 euros / 12 hours (VND 138.5 million) for one trip. The beauty also provided a UK mobile number as a contact point.
“Hello, welcome to my world. I am a naturally charming, friendly, lovely and open-minded girl. I am honored to accompany you on your dinner date, as your travel companion. Make sure you have a great and fun time, just let me know what you want,” Alica’s profile reads.
The website also introduces Marina (31 years old), from Belgium, often working in Monaco, to Cannes from May 15 to 31.
The blonde girl is 1.67 m tall and speaks English, French, German and Russian. She charges 500 euros/hour (nearly 12.6 million dong) for one-time direct sex and adds an extra fee if she wants other special services.
While onshore sex workers are active, a more sophisticated form of prostitution exists on some luxury superyachts that provide “mobile hotels” for the duration of the show. Film festivals for Hollywood stars, production company leaders and wealthy movie fans.
Yacht rental prices can be up to more than 2 million USD/week (more than 46 billion VND). Even so, the docks are still packed with privately owned yachts. Cannes Bay and the surrounding waters are also full of ships moored offshore.
Aspiring models, actors and some Instagram influencers are invited to parties or stay on board, enjoying champagne.
As an unwritten rule, these beauties – known as “yacht girls” – must thank the party host by having sex with them or other guests. At the end of the holiday, they were given an envelope filled with cash.
An employee working on a yacht, who cannot be identified because he has signed a confidentiality agreement with the ship’s owner, revealed to the Daily Mail the presence of “yacht girls” at parties at sea. is an “open secret”.
“This is Cannes and the party organizers want to have celebrities and beauties among their guests. All to increase the attractiveness of the occasion. There are many models and actresses who would do anything to get invited. They don’t identify themselves as call girls, but the line is blurred.
They may get some money in lieu of a thank you or some kind of gift if they sleep with someone or it can help them reach out to people of power and influence. An arrangement suitable for all participants.
Sure, not every model invited to the party went to bed with someone, but it happened and the staff saw it all. They are trained to keep quiet, but they can’t avoid spreading the word,” the source said.
Using the 18+ service on yachts has become much more discreet in recent years, according to the employee, who asked not to be named, in part because French anti-prostitution law enacted in 2016 makes the purchase of sex illegal. legal, can be fined up to 3,750 euros (nearly 94.5 million). Besides, the #MeToo movement also makes people more reserved.
The person added that the term “yacht girl” has also changed in recent years. It was extended to refer to women hanging out with wealthy men, whether on a yacht or anywhere else in the resort.
Envelope with the word “gift” written on it
In 2007, police busted a prostitution ring that supplied 50 women of different nationalities to clients, mostly Middle Eastern, during the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
The women arrested included full-time call girls, models and beauty queens serving men in hotels, on yachts and in hillside rental villas overlooking the sea.
Lebanese businessman Elie Nahas, owner of a modeling agency in Beirut (Lebanon’s capital), is accused of being the ringleader. He was arrested when police raided a room at the Carlton Hotel. Nahas then fled France and was sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia by a court in Marseilles.
The trial determined that a number of women were tricked to Cannes and forced into prostitution. However, Elie Nahas denies guilt.
In the interview with The Hollywood Reporter In 2013, he revealed little-known facts about the lives of high-end call girls in Cannes.
According to Nahas, the girls “selling flowers” target high-end hotels with customers from Saudi Arabia.
“They can make up to 40,000 USD/night (939 million VND). Arabs are the most generous people in the world. If they like you, they will give you a lot of money. At Cannes, they carry 10,000 euros in bundles. To them, they are just like paper. They don’t even like to count them. They give it to the girls without thinking,” Nahas said.
He added that “working” time starts after 10pm. The girls sit in the hotel lobby and potential customers will approach them. Trading takes place by hand signals. Men signaled the room number and women followed them.
He denied running a call girl ring but admitted to arranging for the girls to go to Cannes during the festival. According to Nahas, his job is to pick them up at Nice International Airport, take them to the harbor in Cannes, prepare small boats to take them out to luxury yachts.
“I do not participate in any other activities. I don’t know what happened between them. They might just be there to talk and have fun.”
Nahas and some veteran call girls confirm with The Hollywood Reporter payments are made as “gifts” in envelopes.
“Every year during the festival there are 30 or 40 luxury yachts in Cannes Bay. Each belonged to a very rich man. Each yacht has about 10 girls on it. They are usually models, nude or semi-nude. It includes alcohol, drugs and beautiful women. Get on one and you’ll see. The girls were all waiting for their envelopes at the end of the night. It’s been going on there for 60 years,” Nahas emphasized.
A Russian woman who runs an 18+ service company in Paris said customers are asked to put money in envelopes and write “gift” on the outside.
The Hollywood Reporter quoted Daisy, a prostitute in Cannes, as saying that all women in the industry are looking forward to the festival.
“Competition is inevitable because there are so many girls, but the locals have an advantage. We know the hotel doormen,” she said.
A longtime film industry worker shared that sometimes there is no difference between call girls at film festivals and Hollywood B or C actresses and models who receive money to have sex with people. rich old man.
“They are actresses who made bad career choices and went unnoticed. They tell themselves what they’re doing in Cannes is okay, that they’re only dating rich men, when in reality they’re doing what prostitutes do. But they like money,” the source said.
According to Daily Mail