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Stranded migrants from Afghanistan and other countries crowded into Athens' Victoria Square in March. This and other sites around the city are also favored spots for Greek men seeking to buy sex. Editor's note: The names of the sex workers in this story have been changed to protect their safety. He was living at a disused airport along with thousands of other Afghan migrants. A lot of strange people. Some of those people were older men who would come up and start talking to him.
It was then that his friends told him why they came to the park. You can sell drugs, sell sex or work for smugglers to find customers. There was no other way for me. Thousands of migrants and asylum seekers live in Athens, hardly any of whom actually want to stay there. With no money left, some young men sell sex to survive — in Pedion tou Areos, Victoria Square, and various bars and clubs around the city.
In Greece, sex work is legal only in registered brothels. Years of economic hard times have lured more women into prostitution. The male sex trade, on the other hand, is little reported, but it appears to be rising as Greece struggles with its economic and refugee crises. Recently, they have also included young men from the Middle East and South Asia. On a recent Saturday night, the small club was packed with young Iranians and older Greeks.
Iranian and Afghan music blasted on the speakers. Shirtless guys danced on the bar, while groups of older men settled in at booths with liquor bottles and buckets of ice. Young men mingled with them or stood around, waiting. One young guy, Hassan, sat with his friend against the wall, looking glum.
He said he was 24 and his friend was Hassan and his friend both lived at the airport. No shower! This was his second time at the club. A customer sat down next to him. Within a few minutes, with one of the dancers acting as translator and negotiator, they settled on a price of 30 euros and left. Despite everyday transactions like these, immigrant life in Athens is so separate from Greek life that some local residents say they're entirely unaware of venues like that.
Many of the men turning tricks, on the other hand, don't consider themselves gay, said Adonis Primikiris, who works with the HIV awareness nonprofit Checkpoint. Pedion tou Areos has long been a site for secretive activities: cruising and hustling on one side of the central pavilion and drug use on the other. During a couple of recent afternoon visits to the hustling area, most of the people there were young men sitting on benches and older Greek ones walking by slowly and looking them over.
One Greek sex worker named Stratos, a regular at the park, said the other guys there used to be from Eastern Europe, but last summer newcomers began arriving from the Middle East and South Asia. There were sex workers from Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan, none older than 25 and some who looked like teenagers. The standard price for sex was about 10 euros, but a guide and translator who described himself as an occasional customer at the park, said that if you are willing to negotiate, and wait, you could pay as little as 2 euros. The abandoned Hellinikon Olympic complex and airport, where Abdullah resides, shelter more than 4, people.
In the main airport terminal, lit s for the boarding gates and baggage claims are on, but the entire floor now contains nothing but tents from one end to the other. People here wait in line for food prepared in a kitchen downstairs and sometimes walk across the highway to the beach to bathe. A few humanitarian groups come out to help, but they can provide little outside of the most basic services. About 1, of the people living here went on hunger strike recently to protest poor conditions. Most of the people at the airport are from Afghanistan, with a few from Iran.
Abdullah is Afghan but was born in Iran after his parents fled war in their country. His father was in jail for most of his childhood, and to support his family Abdullah worked six days a week at a factory. From Greece, Abdullah wants to go to Sweden.
He says he's 19, but he looks younger. But his eyes are glassy and tired. No one else seems to know either.
Few migrants are going back home, and few have the money for a smuggler. Those in Athens can apply to be resettled elsewhere in the EU, but the application process has stalled: According to European Commission statisticsless than 2 percent of the refugees in Greece have so far found a place in other European countries. With no way to earn income, desperation will deepen. Athens and the refugees may be stuck with each other for years. The World is a public radio program that crosses borders and time zones to bring home the stories that matter.
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