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Brighton's top hotels target of escort agency
An escort agency is promising to arrange discreet rendezvous for clients in some of Brighton’s best-known hotels.
Corporate Companions offers its clients the opportunity to have visits from girls in the comfort of their own room in Brighton and Hove seafront hotels.
The company recommend on its website the Brighton Hilton Metropole, The Royal York, the Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel and the Holiday Inn.
Managers at the hotels said they did not condone such behaviour from their guests and were taking steps to remove their hotels from the company’s website and increase surveillance to identify any such behaviour.
Corporate Companions offers a range of girls from the Brighton, Gatwick and Sussex area and claims “to offer a fresh new approach to the world of adult entertainment”.
When The Argus contacted the firm this week we were told we could not arrange a meeting at a hotel this week but could meet a girl at an apartment in Hove after 8pm on Friday.
We were told an appointment could be made at a hotel at a later date.
The website’s representative on the telephone said the firm had three girls aged 20 to 30 available this week who would cost £150 for one hour and £280 for two hours.
When asked what a client would get for that, the booker said it would be up to the “girl’s discretion” but “needless to say it was what’s implied”.
A disclaimer on the company’s website states that money exchanged for legal adult services is for time and companionship with anything implied or inferred on their website not to be taken as inducement for other services.
Clients are told that any sexual activities are between consenting adults.
Gerard de Nervaux is interim manager of the Royal York Hotel which was placed into administration in July.
He said: “It’s not something I’m aware of, there’s no evidence to suggest that sort of thing is happening here and it’s certainly not something we would condone.
"We know it does go on especially in the bigger hotels where you have corporate clients away from home for long periods of time.
“I can’t say what went on here before we took over but the hotel is relatively small and we watch everybody who comes into the hotel and no one can get in after midnight without showing ID.
“We will be watching like a hawk and I will inform my night staff.”
A Mercure spokeswoman said: “Having been alerted to this website, we are taking immediate action for the hotel to be removed from the site.”
A Hilton Worldwide spokes-man said: “As a place of public accommodation, Hilton Brighton Metropole does not discriminate against any individual or group.
“While we are not familiar with this organisation or its survey, the hotel aims to provide quality accommodation and a pleasant environment for our guests and members of the community visiting the hotel.”
Holiday Inn was unavailable for comment.
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