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    The Greek financial crisis has sent thousands of teenage girls to the streets, not to protest, but to earn a living; however, their hourly earnings are barely enough to buy them a cheese sandwich, according to one researcher.

    Eastern Europe, a former leader in terms of its number of prostitutes, can no longer boast that it has the cheapest rates for sex. Greece's deep economic and financial problems have shifted the priorities of its students, who face the highest unemployment rate in Europe, according to the EU's statistics agency Eurostat. The national unemployment rate was 25% as of September and the youth unemployment rate in 2014 was 52.4%; both these figures are the worst in the EU.

    "Some women just do it for a cheese pie or a sandwich they need to eat because they are hungry," Gregory Lazos, a professor of sociology at the Athens-based Panteion University told The Times while commenting on the results of his research. They "sell it very cheap," he said, "offering the lowest prices of the industry across the continent."

    The study lasted for three years and was conducted among 400 young women, mostly students, who have abandon their hopes that the Greek government, which has constantly been on the verge of  bankruptcy, can offer them an alternative.

    Prostitution is legal in Greece and both brothels and prostitutes must register with the government. However, brothels often operate without any license and have seen a huge influx of female students aged 17-20 who now account for 80% of the country's prostitutes; they often earn just 2 euros per half hour.

    Greek female students become prostitutes "in order to eat or cover basic needs and extra expenses as they have no money," The Times quoted Lazos as saying.

    According to Greece's National Centre for Social Research (EKKE), the rate of prostitution has soared by 150 percent during the economic crisis. The organization estimates that there are currently 20,000 prostitutes in Greece, of whom fewer than 1,000 are legally registered.

    "From the 18,500 prostitutes who work mainly in the streets throughout the country, since most brothels operated without a license, the majority now are desperate Greeks," the study said.

    Lazos stressed that according to the Syriza-led government, prior to the economic crisis and further austerity measures, "there was not prostitution tendency among Greek women."

    His main concern arises from the fact that "the phenomenon" has appeared to be on the rise and that it's growing at a steady and consistent pace.

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      mrbin666
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    • nadezhdochka_25
      neoliberalism and people
    • avatar
      mzungu in Africa
      The Greek government is the slave of western banks strangling the country to a slow death. The EU is a shame for mankind.
    • Blackie
      As little as 4 euro...
    • avatar
      filipealves1983
      Again, i feel ashamed for beig european.
    • avatar
      Tactical Investor
      This is what being part of the EU did for them. It gave them access to cheap loans and now their society is being destroyed.
    • avatar
      Mitach2002
      All because your leaders caved into the bankers and sold out. Spineless weak individuals.
    • Panagiotis Brd
      Not sure if the results of the researcher are correct . Nevertheless , the problem is that this happens everywhere . People turn to prostitution in order to get education . Now if you think that the issue is in which country people get more money from prostitution in order to pay for their education then we really have a much bigger issue . Already yesterday I read about prices from different countries and they wrote the European media is 225€ . So what is the plan here ? To get close to that number or to actually get rid of the fascists that provoke this kind of exchange ?
      People need food education shelter security .
      Greeks are idiots . They could have had free education a new system of education much better than everybody else but they have decided to do as the americans and more or less just other Europeans . This offers more and cheaper workers as many cannot afford education . The current educational system is also selective which means they actually push people out of it in many different ways .
      They are crazy and this will come back hard like a boomerang . Anybody that leaves people in the margin and with no education is doomed to serve , is useless to the evolution .
    • Capt'nSkippy !!!in reply toPanagiotis Brd(Show commentHide comment)
      Panagiotis Brd, BRAVO, well put and makes sense!!!
    • What a wonderful life under troika's rules!..Poor girls..
    • avatar
      Something real MUST be done about this NOW!
    • avatar
      Glamoureus
      Greece should have JOINED BRICKS when Russia proposed - and Fu*ked the EU.

      EU and US drives our children to prostitutes
    • avatar
      tanksbb
      They voted for the least of two evils - we all know what that's like. The trick is that the same 1% are pulling both puppet's strings and you lose and they win either way. Greece should look at how Iceland handled it.
    • avatar
      Tactical Investor in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      The sad true
    • avatar
      jerrys57
      This truly is a Greek Tragedy.
    • avatar
      Athanasios
      And to think that, under the Yeltsin defunct regime, a lot of women from Russia fled to Greece and engaged in prostitution... Poverty is the cause of all misfortune.
    • qvasko 15
      Hahah recently similar article has been written here in serbia....there are young girls doing the same here...to supply their studies they sell themselves like they can
    • qvasko 15in reply toGlamoureus(Show commentHide comment)
      Glamoureus, What the hell are you talking about??? This is pure act of desperation...what else would they otherwise do in time of crisis to get money relatively easy?
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      Zhukov
      Greece's elite chose to stay with the ECB slave masters. Time for a revolution to remove them.
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