Under the title, "Greek Students Sell Sex for Food," the Athens-based reporter for the Times of London, Anthee Karassavas, caused a media frenzy, inflicting further wounds on the Greek society of the debt crisis.
According to the article, professor Gregory Lazos who conducted the study said that Greek women now account for 80 percent of the prostitution trade in Greece:
Some 400 such desperate cases he found may be "nominal compared with the thousands of other sex workers operating nationwide, but they never existed as a trend until the financial crisis."
According to the report reprinted in many papers around the world "Some women just do it for a cheese pie, or a sandwich they need to eat because they are hungry," Gregory Lazos, a sociology professor at the Panteion University in Athens, told the London Times newspaper. "Others [do it] to pay taxes, bills, for urgent expenses or a quick [drug] fix," said Laxos, who conducted the three-year study. "Others [do it] to pay taxes, bills, for urgent expenses or a quick [drug] fix," said Laxos, who conducted the three-year study. "
When the economic crisis began in Greece, the going rate for sex with a prostitute was 50 euros ($53), the London newspaper quoted Laxos as saying. Now, it's fallen to as low as two euros ($2.12) for a 30-minute session."
Last Sunday, however, in the Greek daily, "To Vima," professor Gregory Lazos denied the report. According to Lazos, it is apparently the result of a misunderstanding on the part of the author.
Professor Lazos, addressing the issue, stated, "I never said that," and went on to tell "To Vima" that the journalist, Anthee Karassava, might have misunderstood the content of his study. "I do not deny that this could have happened, but I think that we are talking about an insignificant percentage. Either way, I have never recorded that," said Lazos.
"There has been an increase in the rates of prostitution in our country," says Lazos, "as the figure has risen around 12 to 12.5% overall and, clearly, this rise is linked to the crisis."
Of course, Professor Lazos should directly ask the British newspaper to retract his statements that were allegedly "misunderstood" and are in contrast to the real finds of the study.
If the correspondent truly interpreted the survey data, she is seriously liable towards Lazos, and, of course, carries a huge moral responsibility towards the Greek people who continue to suffer through the debt crisis and have had all the abuse they can take concerning their tax evasion, laziness and the corruption of their leaders.
However, with regards to the evidence surrounding the prostitution of young Greek women who, according to Karassavas, sell themselves cheap for a cheese pie, we are not discussing a mere misrepresentation of the data and the statements of Professor Lazos, but, rather, an insult to the Greek people's values.
Young Greek girls, students, fresh, beautiful women for whom the report is talking about are not an anonymous mass. They are our neighbours' girls, our nieces, our cousins, our friends' daughters, our own children.
It is hugely offensive to the new generation of Greek women, to the girls that make us proud while strolling in the streets, in shops, in bars, at the universities, in schools, at parties and concerts.
The story that appears to have mistaken the research data of Professor Lazos should be rewritten with top in next Sunday's edition of The London Times. The truth about Greek young women must be restored, many of whom speak more than two languages , they are educated and know the true value of life!.
Make no mistake, souvlakis and cheese pies can not buy this young generation of Greek women, no matter how hard the financial crisis has hit their proud country!
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