Think Roman style orgies are a thing out of history books? Think again.
That lovely young woman at your tech company’s holiday party may profess to be tight with your firm’s most-talented software engineer, but she may actually have been hired by your company for your viewing pleasure and a little chitchat.
As Silicon Valley seethes with sexual harassment scandals, tech companies are seeding their holiday parties with paid models, according to a new report.
Several agencies providing models for events said a “record number” of tech firms are quietly paying up to $200 an hour for each model hired to “chat up” party-goers, Bloomberg reported Thursday.
“I find it really highly disturbing,” said Adriana Gascoigne, CEO of Girls in Tech. “It’s disappointing and deflating to see this news and see how it’s still spreading and how some companies and some people think it’s still OK to treat women this way.
“Models come and interact with these awkward male engineers who may not be able to socialize with members of the opposite sex or bring a date. It’s like buying women to exploit their bodies and their physical attributes. Women have to work 10 times as hard to prove ourselves in the world, and this doesn’t help our cause.”