Greek Women Are ‘Selling Sex For The Price Of A Sandwich’

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A new study has shown that young women in austerity-hit Greece are literally selling sex for the price of a sandwich.

According to The Independent the study gathered data on over 17,000 sex workers operating in Greece – they found that most Eastern European women working in the sex trade had been replaced by local Greek women, who now make up 80 per cent of sex workers.

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The study also discovered that prostitutes in Greece were offering some of the cheapest prices in Europe.

Gregory Laxos, the sociology professor who undertook the three-year study, told the London Times:

Some women just do it for a cheese pie, or a sandwich they need to eat because they are hungry. Others [do it] to pay taxes, bills, for urgent expenses or a quick [drug] fix.

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At the start of the economic crisis the average rate a prostitute would charge for sex was 50 Euros (£35), but according to Laxos the going rate can be as low as two Euros (£1.40).

He says the study highlights the desperation among young Greek women in the current climate, adding: “It doesn’t look like these numbers will fade. Rather they are growing at a steady and consistent pace.”

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And while prostitution is legal in Greece, it has very few licensed brothels, meaning an estimated 18,500 sex workers operate on the streets – and the study showed that most of the women turning to the sex trade are aged between 17 and 20.

Laxos says his study ‘reflects a society in denial about the changes taking place’ in Greece, adding: “State authorities must finally act rather than continuing to remain indifferent,” he warned.


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