Penthouse Pet drug trafficker finds love with a female prison guard

Simone Starr (pictured) was a bikini model and Penthouse Pet

Simone Starr (pictured) was a bikini model and Penthouse Pet

An ex-prostitute and international drug trafficker has turned her life around and found love with a former female prison guard.

Simone Starr was a bikini model and Penthouse Pet before she became a figure in Sydney's underworld in the late '90s and early 2000s.

After fleeing to the United States after a parcel bomb blew up in the face of her then-boyfriend Brett Boyd in the city's North Shore, Starr was arrested for smuggling methamphetamine in 2009 and sentenced to six-and-a-half years' jail.

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It was during her time as an inmate at Dillwaynia women's prison in 2017 when she broke down after a particularly intense rehabilitation program that she met Britt Young - the future love of her life.

'It was very confronting. I didn't listen to no one then, I was a ratbag back in the day and she took the time out to give me time,' Starr told the Daily Telegraph.

For three weeks, the former military worker checked on the inmate almost every day in what they described as a 'mentor' situation.

Starr (left) she met Britt Young (right) while she was in Dillwaynia women's prison in 2017

Starr (left) she met Britt Young (right) while she was in Dillwaynia women's prison in 2017

'It was very confronting. I didn't listen to no one then, I was a ratbag back in the day and she took the time out to give me time,' Starr (pictured, left, with her new love Ms Young)

'It was very confronting. I didn't listen to no one then, I was a ratbag back in the day and she took the time out to give me time,' Starr (pictured, left, with her new love Ms Young)

While stressing there was no romantic attraction to begin with, Starr, who was 28 at the time, said Ms Young helped her understand that she needed to have more self-respect.

The pair didn't see each other after Starr was transferred to the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre at Silverwater in western Sydney, but Ms Young had helped motivate her to finish Year 11 and 12, and enroll for university. 

After working in a factory, she said: 'I had never done hard work like that and realised, "hey, I don't need to sell myself for money".'

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Starr claimed in court

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