At the crossroads of multi billion dollar hedge funds and politics lies the business of sex. Call it the world’s oldest profession but my exclusive interview with Kristin Davis, the infamous Manhattan Madam, will shed some light on some of the hypocrisy surrounding our laws governing the actions beautiful young women willingly engage in with paying clients.
Kristin Davis became publicly known as the Manhattan Madam in the wake of former NY governor Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal in 2008. She had spent five years making millions of dollars running a high end online prostitution ring, providing the services of 120 women to the world’s most powerful men. According to Davis Eliot Spitzer was by far lower on a list which included heads of countries.
Davis told me she got her start in finance in California. Her boss would routinely ask her to book prostitutes. In one week, they made $200 million and wanted to celebrate. She did that job for over 10 years, then moved to Wall Street where her services were in high demand. She chose to become her own boss and started her own escort service.
When Davis was busted, her bail was set at $2 million. She ended up serving 4 months in jail at Rikers Island. She says her time was horrible and she wouldn’t wish that “on [her] worst enemy.”
What did crashing her business and sending her to jail accomplish? According to the Manhattan Madam, she would like to retire, but people won’t leave her alone. “For some reason the subject is still so interesting to people. I don’t seem to be able to leave it behind even if I’d like to,” said Davis.
She says there are other pimps and Madams currently working out of NYC. Demand hasn’t slowed down. So what have our laws accomplished? Is it time to decriminalize prostitution and give women protection instead of prosecution in the eyes of the law.
Watch my exclusive interview with the Manhattan Madam tonight on Chasing News!