Gwyneth Montenegro, one of Australia's highest earning sex workers, slept with 10,000 men amidst a whirlwind lifestyle of lust, cocaine and champagne.
A woman who describes herself as "a normal person at home down your street," Montenegro admits that what spiraled her into the sex industry was relentless bullying and ridiculously low self-esteem.
At school I was bullied because I was very shy and introverted person -- I was an easy target. I also had very low self-esteem at the time, so a combination of those two made me feel not too good about myself. All I wanted to do was to make a lot of money, so then coupled with my low self esteem it naturally led me to the adult entertainment industry.
Thanks to her popular sex work, it's normal to Montenegro to make $2,000 per night from clients. While bringing in such ridiculous amounts of money, she'd lie to her parents and say she made her small fortune from the modeling industry.
Montenegro's usual clients were "white collar businessmen," and 90 percent were married. She doesn't feel guilty about this, though, because she thinks she saved their marriages.
Montenegro claimed that men who get enough sex in a marriage don't cheat -- "it's simple," she said -- and their natural instinct to want sex does not diminish just because they get married to a woman who doesn't "put out" all the time. She wanted to help these men fulfill their biological desires.
For 12 years, Montenegro slept with exactly 10,091 men and recorded her experiences with each one in a journal.
She wrote everything down to help her cope, saying that this lifestyle -- filled with millionaires, wining and dining and glamour -- wasn't something she planned on, but it quickly enchanted her and sucked her in.
All of a sudden 12 years of your life is gone, just like that.
Her wealthy white-collar clients introduced Montenegro to cocaine and alcohol, and eventually to her "biggest high" in her early to mid-20s. She soon indulged in the drugs five times a week for six to eight months. "Why not?" was her attitude towards everything.
After being involved in a car crash and scraping the surface of death, Montenegro re-evaluated her life. She came clean and told her parents about her secret "ultimate double life" of "normal girl next door type" and then "luxury dresses and sexy lingerie."
After the car crash I realized we only live once and I'm just going to go for it and give it ago. I was able to give back to my parents for being so understanding -- they could be proud of me for the first time.
She now works full-time as a commercial pilot and has written a book called "10,000 Men and Counting." Despite the title, she's not counting on any more men quite yet.
Maybe I might look for someone when I'm in my 40s, I'm not in a rush as if I've learned anything from my time as an escort I want to take every day as it comes -- as that's what life's about.