Jami Rodman sucked at being a stripper. That’s why when the 38-year-old former madam (that’s the woman who connects the dudes with money to some of the most high-paid/exclusive escorts in the biz) went back into the sex business, she blew straight past the clubs and into escorting. Until she was outed, Rodman ran one of the most successful agencies in Las Vegas. Yes, prostitution is illegal in Vegas. But that hasn’t stopped anyone before. Not even an Olympian.
Rodman recently released a book about her experiences and while she doesn’t admit which celebrities she’s worked with, she does point out that the world of escorting has really changed in the last couple of years. Here’s Rodman’s remarks to Cosmo about what a madam does:
[Madams are different.] In Vegas, a lot of the women who madams work with are a lot more established in their personal lives. Maybe they have a career, a family, or they have children. A lot of them have been in magazines like Playboy or Maxim. They’re sort of established in their home life and the madam acts as a dating mechanism. [The escort] will look to the madam to do the screening, and to handle the marketing and promotion. A lot of them don’t want their face out there or they can’t risk the exposure of being an escort, so the madam will broker dates. A lot of the clients are long-term regulars, so the madam knows the client very well and she knows the escorts very well, and she tries to match up personalities and expectations.
And why do clients go to the madam? Same reasons. You want a lot of discretion, you’ve got to be able to pay for it. What might surprise you, however, are the lengths madams will go to to actually verify that clients are who they say they are. Yes, references are involved (it’s just like applying for a job), but madams might also call the client’s work to verify their identity. Always very subtly, though:
Some girls will go so far as to require his real name, or ask him to show her his driver’s license when he gets there. If he doesn’t have any references and he’s a brand new client, then we’ll call his place of work and just pretend to be someone like a dry cleaning [company], and say, “Is so-and-so there? His dry cleaning is ready to be picked up.”
Did Rodman pay taxes? Yep! And she even had a personal assistant (which sounds like a pretty interesting job). And, according to what she told Cosmopolitan, she was able to make a very good living charging escorts only 20% of their take-home for their services. That’s pretty low in a town in which Rodman says some madams charge “as much as 50 percent.”
As far as what boys like and men want? Rodman says she wasn’t ever the type of madam who explicitly helped out the guys who wanted someone to pee on them (but, of course, some people did), but she did cater to the fantasies of men who might want to say, have Wonder Woman tie them up with her Lasso of Truth. And if the men were paying high prices, Rodman tells Cosmo that it’s not surprising that they wanted something “new and different.” (If you want to know exactly what that is, you’re going to have to read the full interview or by Rodman’s book, because that particular hue of the sexuality spectrum is a little too graphic for this joint.)
The entire interview is a very worthwhile read. Not only does Rodman expound on exactly what running the agency is like, she also discusses her life post sex work. You can’t be a madam forever–especially when you’re exposed by The Smoking Gun–but it seems like a hell of a job while you’re doing it.