A huge number of sex workers and prostitutes end up on the sex market because they have no other option and are then persecuted further for being in that situation. Others are luckier and can negotiate the terms on which they work. Eastern women have long been seen, at least in the popular imagination, as having a corrupting influence on western morals and welfare — at least, since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the international mobility of easterners became an everyday reality. Unpaid fines become prison terms, which can result in the subjects spending up to two years behind bars.

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