Another side of helplessness in Istanbul

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A research conducted by the Ankara Chamber of Commerce has lifted the veil on a growing problem in Turkey — the growing prostitution due to the country’s economic troubles and widespread poverty.

Prostitution is legal in Turkey: The women working in the industry are expected to be registered and licenced by the police. But the reality is far beyond the regulations. Many women are not employed in a registered brothel and work in hotels and private homes.

For example, according to the study, Istanbul has, at least, hundreds of illegally underage sex workers… Furthermore, researchers noted, there has been an influx of women from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Belarus to Istanbul.

The study estimated there are as many as 100,000 prostitutes in Turkey, 30,000 of whom are waiting to obtain licenses.

Fifty-six brothels are in operation, employing 3,000 women; an additional 15,000 prostitutes are registered with the police.
“There is an annual turnover of around 3 billion euros in the prostitution sector in Turkey. And brothel keepers, barpersons, nightclubs, hotel owners and taxi drivers all get a slice of the cake. That is to say, hundreds of thousands of people earn a living by prostitution,” the report says…

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