Ex-call girl Belle de Jour reveals she met her husband through the casual sex encounters section of Gumtree


Ex-call girl Belle de Jour reveals she met husband through casual sex encounters section of classifieds website GumtreeWebsite section now closed after complaints prostitutes misused it to tout for businessBelle, real name Dr Brooke Magnanti, says call girls suffer constant discrimination on a par with racism

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11:45 GMT, 16 April 2012

She achieved global notoriety through her blog which exposed her exploits as the high-class prostitute Belle de Jour.

And although Dr Brooke Magnanti has called time on her career as a 300-an-hour call girl, she has not lost her ability to shock.

While promoting her latest book on sex, the 36-year-old revealed how she met her husband through a website which adults use for casual sexual encounters.

Love online: Brooke Magnanti, the real-life Belle de Jour, now lives in Scotland with her husband, whom she met in the casual encounters section of Gumtree

Love online: Brooke Magnanti, the real-life Belle de Jour, has revealed she met her husband in the casual encounters section of popular classifieds website Gumtree

Dr Magnanti, who used the pen name Belle de Jour while writing a blog about her career as a prostitute, has never revealed the identity of the man she married in 2010.

However, she has admitted for the first time how she met him through the casual sex section of Gumtree, a popular classifieds website.

That section of the website was closed down in January 2010 after hundreds of men complained that the forum was awash with call girls instead of genuine women looking for a fling.

The man Dr Magnanti met is a 34-year-old from Birmingham who has a passion for ice-climbing.

Big reveal: American research scientist Dr Magnanti, who outed herself as the 300-an-hour prostitute Belle, met the 34-year-old Birmingham man on Gumtree

Big reveal: American research scientist Dr Magnanti, who outed herself as the 300-an-hour prostitute Belle in 2009, now lives with the 34-year-old Birmingham man in Scotland

When she realised that she was developing strong feelings for him she told him she had slept with hundreds of men as a London call girl to pay off her student debts.

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Screenplay: Dr Magnanti with Billie Piper, who played Belle de Jour in the television version of the book

When asked about her current views on prostitution, she said: 'If you want to identify a population that has been consistently discriminated against, it is up there with racism, with religion.

‘There is the assumption that, once you have crossed this line, you never go back and that it says something about you as a person and your ability to do other things,’ she told the Daily Telegraph.

Dr Magnanti worked from 2003 to late 2004 as a 300-an-hour prostitute through an escort agency, pocketing a third of the fee for her two-hour sessions with clients, whom she met two or three times a week.

Speculation surrounding her identity intensified after her blog and memoir The Intimate Adventures Of A London Call Girl were published.

Dr Magnanti on prostitution: “If you want to identify a population
that has been consistently discriminated against, it is up there with
racism, with religion.”

Her blogs and books were later adapted into a TV programme, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, starring Billie Piper as Belle.

In November 2009, Dr Magnanti revealed her identity after fearing her real identity was about to come out.

Many were stunned to discover that she had a PhD from Sheffield University in informatics, epidemiology and forensic science.

When she decided to break her silence she was working at the Bristol Initiative for Research for Child Health, researching the effects of exposure to pesticides on foetuses and infants.

After the American-born former call girl revealed her identity, her father admitted he had used more than 150 prostitutes himself.

Paul Magnanti said that letting her meet some of the prostitutes when she was in her twenties may have made her think that women who sell sex can have a 'human face'.

In her latest book, The Sex Myth: Why Everything We’re Told is Wrong, Dr Magnanti discusses what she sees as misunderstandings surrounding sex.

She argues how academics manufacture research into the sex industry which produce results that are selective and dishonest.