The women, both single mums, were flying high this time in 2010 with big salaries, nice homes and fl ashy cars.
One was earning £32,000 a year working for a high street bank while the other was making £60,000 running her own online fashion firm.
But as the recession bit, the banker was made redundant and the businesswoman’s firm failed when orders dried up.
Now, with Christmas around the corner, bills mounting and job prospects looking bleak, both women are relying on their looks to make ends meet.
Last night 28-year-old “Karen” – who has a school-age daughter and lives in upmarket Otley, West Yorks – told the Daily Star Sunday: “This is completely the last straw for me. I’ve tried for months and months to get a decently-paid job but there is nothing. I have four A-levels and nine GCSEs but there is nothing out there for me.
“I tried for a job packing in a factory but I didn’t even get that. I rang the firm to find out why and they said I was over-qualified.
“I’ve down-sized my house, sold the Audi and the redundancy cheque from the bank has been spent. The benefits I get don’t cover my heating and food bills. Christmas is coming and I can’t tell my daughter there’ll be nothing under the tree.
“People reading this might think what I am doing is immoral but anyone who has fought to make a success of themselves and bring up a child on their own should understand I will do anything to put food on the table for my child – anything.”
York-born “Sandra”, who is 32, with a degree in business studies, added: “Two years ago I was driving a BMW. Now I’ve got a Nissan Micra that I couldn’t afford to put fuel in. I moved to a smaller house when my business was struggling and invested the cash in the firm but it has gone.
“I’ve got a five-year-old boy and I refuse to turn to my family for help. Selling your body to buy presents might seem desperate but I see it as more of a sad reflection on the state of our nation.
“I went cap in hand to the bank, asking for a loan to tide me over but they refused. I just laughed at the manager and told him his bosses screwed the economy and now they are screwing the people.”
Karen and Sandra both registered with an escort agency in West Yorkshire last month.
They are now earning £1,000-a-week each for their £100-an-hour sexual services.
But Sandra said: “I cried the first time I slept with a guy for money. It was in a fourstar hotel in Leeds and he paid me £500. He was really sweet but as soon as I left the room I ran straight to the toilets and cried. I now see about four guys a week but a part of me dies every time I sleep with a guy for cash.”
Karen is still chasing work in the financial sector – even networking with the businessmen clients she sleeps with.
She said: “I’ve got an interview with an insurance firm which came as a result of pillow talk with a recruitment executive.
“Fingers crossed this will be the first and last Christmas I pay for with my body.”