Commentary: Sex work is here to stay and decriminalisation improves safety and social justiceBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2687 (Published 20 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2687
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Decriminalisation and liberalization of sex work in Greece has not improved safety or public health.
Economic crisis has led many new women into Greece’s sex industry. 
In Greece, for a total population of about 11,000,000 there exist 20,000 illegal prostitutes. 
Male prostitutes are not even counted in Greece.
These women are never screened for STDs.
Illegal prostitutes cost much less: a median of 10 euros. 
Street prostitutes in Greece charge only 5 euros per client. 
8.1% of prostitutes in Athens have HIV. 
Over four years, Greece has seen a 200% rise in cases of HIV. 
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