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Prostitution Thrives During Greek Crisis

The number of male and female prostitutes in Greece has been increasing during the Greek crisis a Panteion University study revealed. While the prices have fallen significantly, the turnover from prostitution, from late 2012 until today, reached between 600 and 620 million euros.
The total number of prostitutes across Greece reaches approximately 18,500, while 13,000 to 14,000 of these women and men are foreigners who have fallen victims to trafficking rings.
Conducted by Grigoris Lazos, a Department of Sociology Professor at Panteion University, the study was presented at a workshop organized by the General Secretariat for Gender Equality in cooperation with the Greek NGO “PRAKSIS,” under the auspices of the National Rapporteur against Human Trafficking’s Office.
It was estimated that in 2012 there were 17,000 female prostitutes in Athens while in 2014 the number rose to 18,500. The number of customers in Athens amounts to approximately 550,000.
As far as prices go, there has been a significant drop, after Greece was hit by the economic crisis. Specifically, compared to 2009 the study estimates that prices have fallen by 20% to 50%. Most female prostitutes get paid between 5 and 30 euros. However, the researchers were shocked to find that many prostitutes request even less that 5 euros, a fact that reflects their economic situation.

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