65% of Bulgarian Prostitutes' Husbands "Aware"

Society | December 7, 2006, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Some 65% of Bulgaria's prostitutes say their husbands know about their job, an MBMD sociological research aimed at prevention of women trafficking shows.

About 22% of the prostitutes' parents are also aware of their daughters' profession.

Nearly 55% of Bulgarian men think prostitution is a normal job.

The research was carried out among 301 men aged between 20 and 60, 265 prostitutes aged between 16 and 35, as well as 302 young girls aged between 14 and 20.

The purpose of the survey was to detect the reasons, which cause women trafficking and sexual exploitation, Mira Yanova of MBMD said.

The rights of Bulgarian prostitutes are violated, 70% of the interviewed men said, in most of the cases the girls get beaten and humiliated by pimps or clients.

Some 74% of the inquired men said they've never paid for sex but sociologists claim the percent is higher (about 20 - 30%).

Among the reasons why men pay for sex are the drive to experience new sexual adventures (40%), problems with their life-mates (31%), or the desire to demonstrate prosperity and self-confidence (8%), the survey shows.

The interviewed prostitutes motivate their choice of profession with poverty, unemployment, desire to earn more with little or no efforts, lack of education, bad family or friends environment.

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