DJ Hell spoke out against prostitution in Ukraine last week, joining women's rights group called FEMEN at a press conference launching their ‘Ukraine Is Not A Brothel” program.
The Gigolo Records chief spoke at the conference alongside FEMEN leader Anna Hutsol who said sex industry revenues are doubling in the country every year.
“The predicted boom of sex tourism in Ukraine has reached threatening levels,” she told reporters, ““Devaluation of the hryvnia, tensing of economic turmoil, increase of the number of the poor, and also reduction of air travel prices have stipulated growth of "sexual tourism" in Ukraine,” she said.
The conference happened just as Time magazine published a detailed report examining the effects of the credit crunch on the global sex trade which revealed that trade is struggling in many traditional sex tourism destinations including Thailand and Czech Republic. The US magazine said up to half of Czech brothels outside Prague have closed in the last 12 months with many others reducing staffing levels from ten to two. Ukraine, however, is attracting far more sex tourists because of the 40% collapse in its currency, said Time.
"The country is becoming a paradise for sex tourism before our eyes," Yuri Lutsenko, Ukraine's Interior Minister, told the magazine.
Time also said brothels in Vegas are sacking girls in increasing numbers as businessmen cut back on expenses. The prevalence of high flying customers in the States was emphasized in February when madam Kristin Davis, chatted to ABC news about the 9,800 names on her databases who were happy to pay up to US$2,000 an hour for her stable of escorts in New York.
Regular clients included ‘the CEO of one of the country's largest private equity firms’ and ‘Wall Street lawyer ‘looking for a party girl to come fully equipped’ who spent US$20,000, Ms Davis revealed, plus ‘a major New York real estate developer who, according to the list, "will come to the door wearing women's panties" (RawStory.com).
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