Maths prodigy becomes escort

first_imgFarooq Yusof made claims that his daughter had been kidnapped by anorganisation seeking the key to her intelligence during herdisappearance. Her family was praised as the most brilliant in thecountry after she entered Oxford and places at the university were alsogiven to her brother and sister, aged just 12 and 15.However last week Yusof’s father pleaded guilty to sexually assaultingtwo 15-year-old girls and has since been sentenced to 18 months inprison. Her mother, Halimahton Yusof, who hasn’t heard from her forthree years, is pleading for her to return to the family home.Yusof grew up as a strict Muslim and followed her father’s ‘AcceleratedLearning Technique’, which he developed after privately tutoringstudents in maths. Part of the routine includes stretching andbreathing exercises in freezing temperatures in order to keep her brainticking.Now aged 23, Yusof said in her interview, “I grew up too quickly. From11, I was studying maths all the time. I didn’t have any friends.”However she continued, “I don’t have any regrets.” A maths prodigy who went to Oxford at the age of 13 was exposed as a£130-an-hour escort girl in a surge of media attention during theEaster vacation. The first time Sufiah Yusof featured in national papers was when she wasawarded a place at St Hilda’s College in 1997 having just entered herteens. She appeared in the papers three years later after running awayfrom Oxford and sparking a nationwide police search to find her.Under the alias Shilpa Lee, she is earning a living as an escort girlin what some commentators have called a defiant act of rebellionagainst her father, Faroq Yusof. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Sufiah spoke out about her newlifestyle. “People think escorting is sleazy and terrible but I don’tsee it like that. I have a nice life and I am in control.”As part of the £130 deal, Sufiah says she whispers algebraic fractionsinto the ears of her clients. She says, “I have a far more glamorouslife than I ever dreamed of when I went to Oxford.”While missing in 2000, Yusof emailed her sister Asisha saying, “I’vefinally had enough of 15 years of physical and emotional abuse. Youknow what I’m talking about.” Yusof has more recently claimed that herfather pressured her.last_img

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