Maths prodigy turns prostitute in first interview since shocking revelation

HOW did a maths prodigy who entered Oxford University at the age of 13 become a prostitute?

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Ms Sufiah in a video interview on the News Of The World website.

Last week, The News of the World stunned all who had known Ms Sufiah Yusof when it revealed the sad tale of a brilliant mind.

She had been offering her services for £130 ($360) a session.

Yesterday, the 23-year-old told the same newspaper why she entered the sordid world of sex and how she was putting her knowledge of maths to use in her trade.

She claimed how selling her body for up to £1,000 a time provides her with a far more ‘glamorous’ life than she ever dreamt of when she went to Oxford.

‘My clients love the fact that I can stimulate their minds and their bodies.

‘And I don’t believe my education has been wasted. In fact, I usually take problem sheets with me to solve before appointments,’ she told the paper in an interview.

How did she end up in the escort business?

Ms Sufiah was working as an administrative assistant earning £16,000 a year in Manchester when an escort agency boss approached her in a bar four months ago.

Her financial situation was not bright at that time as she had run up debts of £3,500 in rent arrears and credit cards.

The rewards that the agency boss promised tempted her to enter the sleazy world.

‘When this immaculate lady in a designer suit asked if I had ever considered escorting, I found it appealing.

‘I went home, researched agencies on the Internet and found one I thought looked professional. I sent them photographs and they put me on their site.’

A few days later she was offered her first client.

‘I slipped on some black lace underwear and stockings and suspenders and a dress.

‘He was waiting for me at the bar of the Hilton.

‘He was only in his late 20s.’

She claimed that since then she has built up a base of regular rich clients and sees about five to 10 men each week.

She boasted about her rich clients treat her to fabulous clothes, designer bags, trips on yachts and even helicopter rides.

‘My clients treat me like a princess. One guy I see in London took me shopping on Bond Street. He bought me a beautiful black Gucci dress for £700 and then took me to Selfridges and told me to pick any handbag I liked.’

She chose a £600 Gucci clutch. ‘I’m a Primark and Topshop girl normally!’

Unlike many, she has only praise for the escort business.

‘People think escorting is sleazy and terrible but I don’t see it like that,’ she says.

‘I have men who are thrilled about my passion for mathematics. In fact, one made me recite equations while he pleasured me.’

She bragged that she can earn more than £1,000 in a night by having dinner with a client and staying over.

‘It’s like they want to rescue me. One man asked me how much I earned a year. I said £60,000. He told me, ‘I’ll pay that amount straight into your bank and buy you a flat and you can be my mistress.’

‘But I don’t want that because I’m happy doing what I do. Now I wonder if I could go back to a normal relationship, where you watch EastEnders and have boring sex.’

However, her family is dismayed to hear her story. Her brother Iskander Yusof, who graduated from Warwick University at the age of 15, told BBC that their Johor-born mother was ‘not best pleased’ to hear where her daughter’s career had taken her.

He said that despite everything that has gone on, the family hopes that she gets intouch.

She has not seen them for three years.

‘If she wants to resolve this issue, she needs to think about it herself,’ he said.

After Ms Sufiah spilt from her husband in 2005, she moved to London where she taught maths in the evenings to make ends meet. Then six months ago she moved to Manchester and entered the escort business.

But she admits not all her sexual encounters work out. ‘At the end of the day, you don’t have to sleep with a client if you don’t want to. I’ve done that twice now.

‘Both men were young and very nervous. I just left.

‘The dullest client I’ve ever had was a rich man who talked about cars all night. It was really, really boring.’

She is confident she can easily find a job in London which can match her £60,000 earnings, but she is not keen.

‘I have a nice life. I don’t want for anything.’

Not even for a reunion with her family.

Monday April 7, 2008

I have no regrets, says Sufiah

PETALING JAYA: Maths prodigy Sufiah Yusof, who is now working as a prostitute, claims she is living the life she wants without any regrets.

She does not think being an escort is sleazy and terrible and says her clients treat her like a princess in an interview with British tabloid News of the World.

“People think escorting is sleazy and terrible but I don’t see it like that,” she said in a no-holds-barred interview that was published with pictures of her in skimpy attire and sexy poses.

Sufiah: ‘People think escorting is sleazy and terrible but I don’t see it like that’

Sufiah claimed that she wanted to be in control of her life.

“I hate this stereotype society has of escorts as being exploited. It is so far from the truth. My clients treat me like a princess. One guy took me shopping on Bond Street. He bought me a beautiful black Gucci dress for £300 (RM1,920) and then took me to Selfridges, where I could pick a handbag I liked.”

Sufiah chose a £600 (RM3,840) Gucci clutch and later that night, she repaid him for his generosity .

The 23-year-old Sufiah, who passed her Maths A-level when she was only 12, was enrolled at St Hilda’s College in Oxford a year later.

She was working as an administrative assistant earning £16,000 (RM102,400) a year in Manchester when, about four months ago in a bar, she was asked by an “immaculate lady in a designer suit” to become an escort.

She found the offer appealing because she was running up debts of about £3,500 (RM22,400) in rent and credit card expenses.

“I have studied so intensely for so many years, I wanted to have some fun,” said Sufiah, whose Pakistani father Farooq Yusof forced her to study day and night.

The father is now in jail for sexually assaulting two pupils.

She sent her photographs to an escort website and the agency listed her. A few days later, she was offered a client.

She admitted being quite nervous, but excited as well.

In control: A reader looking at the News of the World’s interview with Sufiah in which she describes her life now as nice.

Sufiah said the first client was a “lovely man” in his late 20s, tall and handsome.

“I left that night feeling totally elated having an amazing time with £250 (RM1,600) in my purse,” said Sufiah.

She has built a base of regular clients and saw between five and 10 men each week.

“I don’t believe my education had been wasted – in fact, I usually take problem sheets with me to solve before appointments,” she said.

Sufiah claimed she could earn more than £1,000 (RM6,400) a night by having dinner and staying over with a client.

“Now, I wonder if I could go back to a normal relationship, where you watch EastEnders and have boring sex. I’ve gotten used to being treated like a princess,” she said.

If Sufiah talked glowingly about her “career,” she was not so effusive when talking about her childhood and her father.

She recalled studying maths all the time. She did not have any friends or allowed to join any activities.

“As I grew older, I began to clash with my father. He was violent at times. He pushed me so far academically, I became more confident for any girl my age. I grew up too quickly.

“Oxford was an amazing place but I was too young. By the time I was 15, I wanted to be in control of my life. I fought back,” she said.

That was the year she ran away from university.

Sufiah told the News of the World she ran away with £200 (RM1,280). She found a hostel in London for £14 (RM89.60) a night. After a week, she moved to a hostel in Bournemouth.

When she was found in an Internet cafe, Sufiah refused to go home. She was placed in foster care.

When she was 18, Sufiah returned to Oxford to resume her studies. She fell in love and married fellow student Jonathan Marshall a year later.

“At that time, I thought we would be together forever, but we married too young and grew apart,” she said.

After the divorce, she moved back to London and taught maths in the evening. Six months ago, she shifted to Manchester and became an escort.

“I still enjoy learning and I find it puts me in the right frame of mind for an intelligent conversation with my clients,” she said.

Sufiah is adamant about continuing with her “career” because “I have a nice life.”

She also does not want much to do with her parents. Describing the relationship as estranged, she said she was in contact with them occasionally but “couldn’t speculate what they will think of my new life.”

“I have never felt so confident about my body and I’ve had some of the best sex of my life,” she said.

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