How Bad Has It Gotten Since Greece Has Gone Bankrupt? Prostitutes Are Doing This…

How Bad Has It Gotten Since Greece Has Gone Bankrupt? Prostitutes Are Doing This…


An incredibly sad development in an already incredibly sad state of affairs; young girls selling themselves for almost nothing. Forms of government have consequences. And Greece began this sad journey many years ago when they embraced policy that destroyed their economy and their sovereign status. Read on to see what you think of this national tragedy.

Greece’s crippling debt crisis has meant that more women in the European country are selling sex with prices tumbling as low as the cost of a sandwich.

A new report reveals that more Greek women than Eastern European women are working as prostitutes in Greece following the difficult years of austerity.

‘Some women just do it for a cheese pie, or a sandwich they need to eat because they are hungry,’ claims the report’s author, sociology professor Gregory Lazos at the Panteion University, Athens.

Professor Lazos said that his study, which records the cases of 18,500 sex workers in Greece, ‘reflects a society in denial about the changes taking place.’

The going rate for sex has fallen from €50 (£35) at the beginning of the crisis, to as low as just €2 for a single session, Professor Lazos toldThe Times.

The academic carried out the three year piece of academic research, having previously written about trafficking and sexual values in Greece.

‘These cases — about 400 — may be nominal compared with the thousands of other sex workers operating nationwide, but they never existed as a trend until the financial crisis,’ he said.

Prostitution is legal in Greece and with the fall in wages and rising unemployment, the industry has been growing rapidly.

‘Factor in the growing number of girls who drift in and out of the trade, depending on their needs, and the total number of female prostitutes is startling,’ Mr Lazos said.

The Greek academic’s findings suggest that Greek women now dominate 80 per cent of the sex trade industry, which has become a €600 million business.

In 2003, over 150 prostitutes in Greece staged a vigil outside a brothel in protest to proposed changes to prostitution laws ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games.

The Greek government had tried to shut down a number of brothels after they were found to be located close to schools and churches.

Only ten of the estimated 525 brothels in Greece are thought to be operating with a legal license.

The problem here is NOT that sex costs as much as a sandwich. The problem is that this nation legalized prostitution, has scores and scores of desperate young women involved in it, and essentially has turned a blind eye to the bad ethics of the entire situation. When sex is as valueless as a fast food combo meal, nothing good can be said for that. Greece has tumbled down a long dark slope of depravity when it comes to the sex trade. And only a return to traditional values both in government and in culture, can save it. For the sake of the numerous young women who’ve chosen prostitution willingly or unwillingly, that can’t happen soon enough.

Sonja Bochow

I live in Newark, DE, am married, and the mother of four children; Liam, Brenna, Keira and Erin. I am also a full time Bible teacher and have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from West Chester University.

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