Greek Prostitution Soars By 150% As Youth Unempoyment Hits 75% In Some Areas

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With Greece suffering the biggest economic depression in decades, all so a few rich men can preserve their wealth and not have their EUR-denominated savings wiped out (even if the alternative means finally being able to rebalance externally using the Drachma instead of forcing internal rebalancing via unemployment and plunging wages), it was only a matter of time before we found out just how humiliating the conversion of the entire economy to a "gray", non-tax paying one would be for the citizens of Greece.

As the NYT reports, in just the past two years, the numbers of Greeks engaging in prostitution as a last course source of income has more than doubled: according to the National Center for Social Research, the number of people selling sex has surged 150 percent in the last two years.

Furthermore, with every business in which there is exploding "competition" and rich client scarcity, it is not just any prostitution, but very deflationary prostitution:

Five euros only, just 5 euros,” whispered Maria, a young prostitute with sunken cheeks and bedraggled hair, as she pitched herself forward from the shadows of a graffiti-riddled alley in central Athens on a recent weeknight.


Many prostitutes have been selling their services for as little as 10 to 15 euros, a price that has shrunk along with the income of clients afflicted by the crisis. Many more prostitutes are taking greater health risks by having unprotected sex, which sells for a premium. Still more are subject to violence and rape.


Now a new menace has arisen: a type of crystal methamphetamine called shisha, after the Turkish water pipe, but otherwise known as poor man’s cocaine, brewed from barbiturates and other ingredients including alcohol, chlorine and even battery acid.

And with a surge in prostitution come the drugs, and the danger of an epidemic of blood-transmitted diseases, like HIV:

A hit of shisha, concocted in makeshift laboratories around Athens, costs 3 to 4 euros. Doses come in the form of a 0.01-gram ball, leaving many users reaching for hits throughout the day. They include prostitutes, whom Mr. Tzortzinis photographed in a seedy central neighborhood of Athens called Omonia, next to a large police station.


Shisha is most often smoked. But it is increasingly being taken intravenously; because of the caustic chemicals it contains, a rising number of users are winding up in the emergency room. Health experts say the injections are also adding to an alarming rise in H.I.V. cases around Greece, which surged more than 50 percent last year from 2011 as more people turn to narcotics.


For Mr. Tzortzinis, who grew up in the area, seeing women give themselves for as little as 5 euros underscores one of the many horrors of Greece’s drawn-out crisis.

Unfortunately for the country which is terrified to just say no to Europe due to the indoctrinated dread of what would happen if it left the Eurozone, this is only the beginning as the problem is far deeper, and it goes to the root of everything: an entire generation going to waste.

But while the Greek still soaring unemployment rate is no surprise to anyone, it is the youth unemployment that is the problem. And as the Telegraph reports, in some areas of Greece, youth unemployment has now hit a inconceivable 75%.

Western Macedonia in Greece had the highest level of youth unemployment in the European Union, with the number of 16 to 24 year-olds out of work jumping to 72.5pc in 2012 from 52.8pc in 2011, according to Eurostat. Total youth unemployment in Greece stood at 55.3pc last year, more than double the EU average of 22.9pc.



The region, located in northern Greece, has been hit hard by the economic crisis, with total unemployment rising from 12.1pc in 2007 to almost 30pc in 2012 due to de-industrialisation and the migration of labour intensive industries to neighbouring countries, where wage demands are lower.


According to a report by the European Commission in December, more than a fifth of firms stopped trading in the region between 2008 and 2011.

Europe's response to this pandemic of unemployment?

Europe's leaders have called for more action to tackle joblessness in Europe. Earlier this month, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso urged Europe's leaders to come up with "a more ambitious plan to fight youth unemployment" at a next month's EU summit.


"We must give revive hope, specially for young people," he said. "We cannot wait for long, we are all aware this is urgent."

And when hope is not enough, and when these same young people end up as prostitutes, drug addicts or, worst, infected with HIV, maybe they should also hope that a cure for the disease is somehow discovered (and which they can afford).

Why? Just so the 0.001% uberwealthy can continue to get richer and richer courtesy of a year after year of flawed monetary and fiscal policy, even as the real world around them burns.

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The Proletariat's picture

The Troika is the biggest whore...and they probably aren't counted in these statistics

ACP's picture

Yeah, they've taken Merkin's dick multiple times.

kliguy38's picture

Krudlow calls it Free Market Capitalism......"green shoots"

FL_Conservative's picture

At least the Greeks are not taking things lying down. 

Chuck Norris's picture

Money for sex much more honorable than what U.S. politicians do for money.

spine001's picture

In Argentina a similar situation hit in the crisis of the 2000s when the local currency was devalued 4 to 1 to the dollar overnight. Prostitution went up overnight, so did drug traffick and the number of addicts and since even a soft drug as Mariguana increases the rate of schizophrenia by 1000% (if there is a family history of the disease or 500% if there isn't), the streets of Argentina are full up to today of people with mental illness sleeping on the streets and doing anything (even sacrificing their own extremities for money) to get the next fix.

13 years from the crisis have improved the economic situation, but the drugs and the prostitution never went away, if anything grew like a cancer. To the point that a retired district attorney recently said that the corruption (drugs, bribes and prostitution) are not encases into the government structure but that they are rather the government structure. Sad, sad, sad to see...

What is my point? Well, that the moral damage, that is not seen today, will only get worse even if the economic conditions improve, it becomes structural and an intrinsic part of the society. Sorry Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy,...

Until next time,


Manthong's picture

ah.. ..  back in the day, near Glyphada there was a wispering bush..

maybe moer bushes wisper there now

Shocker's picture

Greece, youth unemployment has now hit a inconceivable 75% ... WOW

We have problems but not that bad -

The question is what do you think the number would be in the US if we didn't have all theses safety nets?

Unemployment, Welfare Cards.....

SheepleLOVEcheddarbaybiscuits's picture

much watch: how drug problems becoming a nightmare in greece

Manthong's picture

The little girls and kids are being turned into meat.. 

It’s going to be up to some old prophets to juice some heroes in the next saeculum to fix this FUBAR’d situation.


The Gooch's picture





Peter Pan's picture

Nothing to get into a flap about. The overwhelming majority of the population prostitutes itself in one way or another at one time or another. And yes, it does begin at the top and it just makes it way down.

Freddie's picture

Drug trafficking.  Bingo.  Benghazi is about weapons sales and also drugs.  Afghnistan and the war against Serbia are about Islamic drug trafficking.  Vietnam also involved drugs.  Mena Buhes, Clintons and Obama.,   Oil and drugs.

The poor people in Greece.

mkkby's picture

Even the poorest Greek can afford 1 liter of gas.  Tell me, why isn't every bank a smouldering ruin?  Are they that passive?

Freddie's picture

Why would anyone junk you for your post?  There are some sick people here or troika/bankster scum.

Drugs are a very very big part of export of islam to the west and buying govts.

Colonel's picture

 "That the moral damage, that is not seen today, will only get worse even if the economic conditions improve, it becomes structural and an intrinsic part of the society."


That's what hell is for. For banksters and the leftist scum who support them via the politicians they worship.

flacon's picture

>  Money for sex much more honorable than what U.S. politicians do for money.


Imagine Nancy Pelosi.... naked... emerging from the shadows.... "Wanna have some fun with me? Just five dollars."

TeamDepends's picture

Then Reid pops out from behind the curtain in a leather diaper..."For me to watch will be another five."

Peter Pan's picture

Time for a joke:

Old lady comes out of the bathroom in her robe and goes up to her husband who is reading his newspaper in bed.

She suddenly opens her robe and yells out "super pussy"

Her husband looks at her  a little confused and says: "I'll have the soup dear."

edb5s's picture

You should change your name from flacon to flaccidity, since it seems as if that is what you are keen on inducing...

Saint Pitbull's picture

She has had so many face lifts that her vagina is now where her mouth used to be. 

She shaves her "moustache" daily and watch out when she "blows her nose".

cifo's picture

Oh, that explains the goaty.

esum's picture


Divided States of America's picture

Selling sex at least dont screw other people's lives....unless the ho has STD, but selling CDOs and MBS backed by shitty loans is worse because it screws everyone.

Bastiat's picture

Only when the gov't and Fed bails them out.

Peter Pan's picture

More sex at lower prices simply proves that QE which is more money for loeer rates, does not work out for the better.either.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Human prostitution "by desperation" (rather than "by choice", like in Nevada or Amsterdam) starts with political prostition at the top.

sablya's picture

I disagree.  Every time a woman is driven to prostitution to survive we all become a little dirtier and our so-called civilization one step closer to ruin.  We're not as far from that as we might think.  It can happen much quicker than we would like to believe.  There isn't much more than a veneer standing in the way of that happening here, in the US.

e-recep's picture

marriage is a different kind of prostitution. the contract is longer, the price is humongous.

Oliver Jones's picture

A prostitute only gives you her body. A wife gives you her life.

Different deal; different price.

Ahmeexnal's picture

compound interest makes that a debt impossible to repay

gramps's picture

I smell a recovery.... or is it dirty snatch. I can't tell the difference these days.

Peter Pan's picture

Wife comes down the stairs with a suitcase and her husband asks her where she is going.

Wife replies that she is going to Vegas where they pay $400 for a blowjob.

Husband asks her to wait a moment and rushes upstairs. He comes down with a suitcase as well.

Wife asks where he is going.

Husband replies that he is going with her.

Wife asks why.

Husband replies: "I just want to see how you can survive on $800 a year."

TeamDepends's picture

Dear family:  I think next week I'll be able to send more I may have extra work.  My friend Patty promised me a blow job...

Dingleberry's picture

Do Greeks still "go Greek"?

bank guy in Brussels's picture

Excellent for ZeroHedge to cover this tragic crime against humanity by the EU and Troika, with their now-satanic euro.

After World War II, a number of European countries which had effectively abandoned the death penalty (like Belgium, last use of the guillotine in 1918) ...

Our countries revived the death penalty briefly to deal with war criminals, and we had firing squads active in European countries, to deal with the traitors like Vidkun Quisling in Norway, betrayer of Norway to the Nazis, shot in 1946, his name now enshrined in a synonym for traitor, 'quisling'.

Many of us Europeans are horrified at the death penalty and how it occurs in countries like Iran and the United States ...

But given how leaders of European countries are betraying their people

EU leaders in the Mediterranean who serve the EU, banks, the Troika and the Germans, while local children beg their schoolmates for food, or sell their bodies, should ponder the December 1989 death of Romania's Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu in a hail of executioners' bullets.

walküre's picture

Do you notice the low unemployment rate in mainly Southern Germany and parts of Austria? Why do you think that is? There are jobs and there is innovation. I can't figure it out, bank guy in the whore city of Brussels? Why the fuck doesn't Brussels implode already and leave the rest of us alone?


sun tzu's picture

Why does all of Europe allow Brussels to rule them with an iron fist?

xxxxx's picture

It's not Brussels it's Germany.

walküre's picture

Bullshit. Germany is under the diktat from Brussels just as everyone else. Germany is NOT Brussels. The Eurocrats are a breed of their own.

Blow up Brussels or sink it into a hole and the problems go away.

thousands upon thousands of useless and irrelevant, obsolete, overbearing bureaucracy and norms go with it.

That would be a dream!

Freddie's picture

The death penalty is not warranted in many cases but in some it should be used.  The man who locked those girls away in Ohio should go to the top of the list.  The two muslims who killed the soldier in the UK today should get it.

Australian Baz Luhrmann who directed the remake of The Great Gatsby probably also deserves it. 

(F TV and F Hollywood - I do not watch their shit but read that Gatsby is a real pile of shit).  The good news is the scum in Hollywood will hopefully lose money on it.

The troika and european bankster familes and other hidden oligarchs grinding Europeans into poverty deserve a lamp post and a rope.

SamThomas's picture

Spontaneous executions don't count.

esum's picture

"Many of us Europeans are horrified at the death penalty and how it occurs in countries like Iran and the United States ..."



hey you must really be a fan of saudi arabia and how about sharia law... mmmmmmmm good 

Ratscam's picture

Let them eat cake!
She wound up without a head!

Quoting James Brown: Shake the money makers!

MarlasBack's picture

And we thought we were a civilized society.