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In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex. He's wearing a red hoodie, blue jeans and a black cap. Everything suggests he is a typical year-old, apart perhaps from the jagged scar on his brow. The Afghan asylum seeker clasps his hands tightly in front of him as he speaks. I don't have a home so I sleep every night in a park nearby. His only shelter is a cheap tent that he shares with an Iranian asylum seeker.
Perched on the concrete roof of a small maintenance building hidden among the trees of Pedion Areos Park, it offers little protection from the cold. A bag of oranges provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mahmoud says the money he makes selling sex only covers the cost of his daily food. He cannot afford to save anything. He speaks regretfully about his work but sees no way out. But Mahmoud isn't alone.
Pedion Areos Park has become a hub of illegal male prostitution, sometimes involving refugees as young as Greece has strict laws regulating prostitution. Sex workers must register, be aged over 18, legal residents in Greece and work in a licensed brothel. Despite this, illegal street prostitutes, who are often migrants and refugees, are estimated to outnumber licensed prostitutes by 20 to one.
Licensed sex workers have fortnightly sexual health checks and access to free treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
Unlicensed street sex workers, like Mahmoud, do not. While the majority of Athens' sex workers are female, Pedion Areos has long been a hot spot for male sex work.