'Some women just do it for a cheese sandwich' - Research shows Greek women are selling sex for as little as €2
A study by a Greek university has revealed that young prostitutes are selling sex at austerity prices.
Professor Gregory Laxos and his team at the Panteion University in Athens worked to compile data on more than 17,000 sex workers in Greece.
Their findings showed that Greek women have now overtaken Eastern European women as the most dominant national group in the prostitution industry.
They also learned that Greek prostitutes charge the lowest prices in Europe.
"Some women just do it for a cheese sandwich, or a pie they need to eat because they are hungry.
"Others to pay taxes, bills, for urgent expenses or a quick drug fix," Professor Laxos told The Times newspaper.
The team's research demonstrated that prostitution rates in Greece have fallen from €50 for a half-hour session to prices as low as €2.
Professor Laxos noted that the number of young women offering the cheapest rates is on the rise.
"They are growing at a steady and consistent pace," he said.
Prostitution is legal in Greece for unmarried women that are over 50 years old.
A 1999 law stipulates that all brothels must have permits.
Persons engaged in prostitution in Greece must register at the town hall and carry a medical card which is updated every two weeks.
There are approximately 18,500 prostitutes currently operating in the country, with most women entering the industry aged between 17 and 20.