High Demand For Prostitutes In Iceland

5.9.2011
Words by Paul Fontaine
A sting operation conducted by news roundtable discussion show Kastljósið showed that demand for prostitutes in Iceland is quite high.

The operation was simple enough: as RÚV reports, the show posted a classified ad on the popular dating site Einkamal.is, under the guise of being a prostitute offering services.

Within three hours, over 100 men had responded to the ad.

While still pretending to be a sex worker, Kastljósið staff discussed prices, and asked the men whether they were married. Few men disclosed being in any sort of relationship, but 20 men said they were married, and seven said they were living with their girlfriends.

As Grapevine's sources disclosed, not only is demand for prostitution great, but the prices for hiring one have been falling.

Last Friday, rape crisis prevention centre Stígamót opened a new shelter for women escaping prostitution. About 30 women who have engaged in prostitution go to Stígamót every year.

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