The super rich and famous love to party on luxury yachts around the world – often with attractive young women.
But the girls are there only because they are hired to “beautify”.
While getting paid to party sounds like a dream job, sexual exploitation and coercion is a problem for wealthy men.
Here, three girls working in the industry revealed about the paid secret play scene for Georgette Culley and Ally Einstein.
‘Rich people think they can buy anything. We’re all disposable for them’
SAMPLE SARAH HARRIS
Model Sarah, 27, from Birmingham, said: “I didn’t realize how naive I was until I was sexually assaulted by a drunk crypto millionaire on a yacht and there was no way out.
“Now I want to warn others about the murky belly of glamorous gigs.”
She said: “When I first started living in Dubai in 2021, I couldn’t believe my luck.
“I was shooting a swimwear catalog when another model asked me if I wanted to get paid to party on a superyacht.
“She and two other models I know will be involved and the salary is £600 for five hours of work. It was a party for a famous DJ.
“She excitedly told me: ‘All we had to do was chat with guests, dance, mingle and pose in bikinis. We’re there to bring out the charm’.
“A chauffeur took us to the yacht, where a top team was ready to do our makeup and hairdos.
“We were told not to drink too much and not to have sex with anyone.
“But if we happen to like someone, we can flirt and kiss.
“I had the time of my life. Then I was invited to a party or two a month.
“It’s a whole secret world that most people don’t know exists. I feel like a celebrity.
“It’s addictive. Sometimes I make £1,000 in seven hours.
“But there are always more girls than boys.
‘I’m not for sale’
“I have learned to be clear about my boundaries. I’m not for sale, I’m just there to party.
“Most party bookers will ask you to sign a non-disclosure agreement because of the size of the celebrities in attendance.
“I lived the good life for many months – but then everything changed at a boat party in the South of France last May.
“There were 12 girls and six men on board and I was paid £1,200 for five hours of work.
“I find the mood in Dubai very different.
“The other girls are arguing about the crypto millionaire, his sex partner, and a famous rapper.
“They are willing to do anything to keep the men happy. That is demeaning.
“They made us look like escorts, put us in danger.
“A man grabbed me from behind and started trying to touch me. He was drunk and rambling.
“I was terrified and scared. We are sailing in the ocean, there is no way out. I feel trapped.
“In tears, I tried to push him away with the help of my friend and we asked the organizers to bring us back to shore by speedboat.
“We trembled. We realized we were too naive.
“I later heard that two girls had lost consciousness and another was so drunk that he had to go to the hospital.
“After that, I vowed to stay away from the paid party scene. There is a bad side to unregulated yacht parties, especially in Europe.
“Rich people think they can buy anything. We all use them once.
“It’s bad. Girls should stay away.”
‘I was skeptical and embarrassed at first, in case they thought I was an escort’
TEACHER PIPPA TAYLOR
PERSONAL trainer Pippa, 28, left, from Plymouth, recalls the culture of “what happens on the yacht, stays on the yacht.”
She said: “I was doing an Instagram photo session in Ibiza in 2022 when a representative of a yacht company asked me if I wanted to be paid to party.
“They said all I had to do was look pretty, sunbathe on the yacht, and bring glamor to the party.
“At first, I thought it sounded too good to be true. I was skeptical and embarrassed in case they mistakenly thought I was an escort.
“They assured me that would not happen and said that there are strict regulations on yachts.
“I asked if I could bring a friend and after seeing her photos, they agreed.
“The next day we both spent four hours on a 60ft yacht chatting with a group of very wealthy businessmen.
“There were ten girls and five men and we each received £300 for our time.
“We all wear bikinis and sarongs and spend most of our time sunbathing. Then I did it for six months and made thousands of dollars.
“I have met millionaires, musicians, celebrities, movie stars and their friends.
“I have access to the most exclusive clubs and am living the dream.
“I have a rule that I only hold parties during the day and never accept invitations overnight because I don’t want men to misunderstand.
“There are times when I pinch myself while sunbathing next to a celebrity or chatting with a millionaire about his latest deal.
“But I was never allowed to take pictures or talk about them.
“That’s the deal, we have to be discreet.
“What happened on the yacht is still on the yacht.
“Event organizers always book for me because of my girl-next-door look. We must be polished and spotless.
“But it’s not all sunshine and champagne.
“A cruise ship captain told me about a girl being attacked on a night cruise and the girls were so drunk they couldn’t remember what had happened to them.
“I made sure I only had two drinks on the plane and if any drugs were sold, I would never take them.
“Competition is very fierce. There are always younger models willing to do whatever it takes to live the Kardashian lifestyle so I’m worried about my shelf life.
“Overall, I had a great experience and made a lot of money, but I have to be careful. I decided to go out while it was going well.
“I had great relationships but gave it up to focus on my personal training.
“I don’t regret getting paid to party.
“I make sure I’m safe and respected but you have to know what your boundaries are and when to call it a date.”
‘I’m proud of how far I’ve come. It’s a great industry if you’re savvy’
BUSINESSwoman Carmen, 27, left, from Leeds, says she lives the high life in Dubai, running her Yacht Do You Want company, which charters yachts for celebrities and millionaires.
She said: “My life today is a far cry from what it used to be in Leeds, where I grew up.
“When I first moved to Dubai, I was working in an exclusive club.
“I received a lot of requests for yacht parties and yacht charters from rich men and celebrities so I decided to start my own business three years ago.
“I charter luxury yachts for Instagram influencers, sports stars, entrepreneurs, crypto rich people, millionaires, and A-listers.
“The demand for a yacht is 24/7 in Dubai and I get calls day and night.
“Rental rates start from £100 to £5,000 an hour, depending on the size of the yacht.
“These include superyachts ranging from 50 ft to 220 ft in length. That’s good money.
“The best hostess can make £100 to £200 for four hours of work.
“They have to look glamorous, groom and dress to impress.
“They are hired to add charm to the overall look so it is important for the girls to be clean and well behaved.
“I will not tolerate any girl who breaks the rules.
“They were all screened by me and I made it clear to them that they were not allowed to get drunk, use drugs or act inappropriately towards any of the customers on board.
‘They are seduced by money’
“If a girl is dating someone they meet on a yacht, it’s their personal business.
“I have heard of girls in Europe being destroyed emotionally and mentally when they don’t follow the rules or think they know better than people like me who know the industry well. from the inside out.
“They are tempted by money and can end up being taken advantage of and abused.
“It is important that they respect the strict laws in the UAE, where I operate.
“Some of these girls are naive and have delusional expectations.
“That’s why I’m proud of the business I’ve grown. The girls trust me.
“They know I’m always in their best interest and will take care of them on board.
“Anyone who breaks my rules gets kicked off the yacht.
“I don’t want the girls to get hurt and I value and respect the laws of this country.
“In Dubai, the police patrol the harbor so it’s important that boats run properly.
“I know some girls who have met great men from yacht parties and are now married and have children.
“They are living lavish lives that most women can only dream of.
“I am proud of the distance I have come. It’s a great industry if you take care of yourself and are knowledgeable.”