Did you know that it is not easy to interview ladies of the night as they are ready to do anything for money except for telling strangers about themselves and their lives?
Try to give a call to all the women who left their phone numbers in newspapers but nobody of them will be willing to be interviewed even when they are offered to be paid twice as much.
There were many similar announcements on the Internet as well. However, nobody expressed their willingness to tell reporters about their lives even through the net.
Many prostitutes in Almaty work not in the streets but in hotels and cafes. Many of them came from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
One can go to the streets to choose among the women.
Girls do not have to hide as prostitution in Kazakhstan is not prohibited. Even if they are caught by the police, they will be freed soon.
The girls waiting in the hall are looking for a job.
Some houses of ill frame are represented by small complexes embracing a cafe, poolroom and a hostel with 3-5 rooms. 5 or 10 girls live and work right here.
As soon as the girls see a camera they run back to their rooms. Only one girl agreed to be interviewed for 100 US dollars.
She said she would agree to be photographed without showing her face and answer a couple of questions.
Her name is Margo. They never tell each other their true names.
She has been in the business for 6 years already and her story is simple enough. In 2005 she left a small village and came to Almaty to get a higher education. She failed to enter the University, but managed to pass exams to a culinary college. Soon she made some friends, they went out regularly and she ran into many debts. A friend of her said she knew how they could cover the debts.
They went for a date, had a wonderful evening without any sex and got some money.
Prostitutes are usually younger than 30 years old. They often have small kids and some of them are married.
Margo doesn’t go to work every day. She deals with constant clients only. She dreams of finding a regular job but says she needs to settle up her debts first. She tried to work at a shop but they paid not enough and she couldn’t sleep for long.
She rents an apartment sharing it with some other girls whose clients come to their place according to the schedule. Nobody of them works or studies. The girls often drink and even take light drugs so she changes the place of residence from time to time.
Her relatives have no idea what Margo does in the big city and think she works as an administrator in a restaurant. The girl is afraid that they will turn their backs on her as soon as they know what she does. She will have to cope with another problem in the future as her parents want her younger sister to come and live with her.
Margo dreams to find a true love, get married and have a family.
There are several reasons why women become prostitutes. Some don’t want to work anywhere, others are just short of money.
A large amount of women choose that work. Exact figures are not mentioned anywhere but only in Almaty they reach several thousand. Several thousand of somebody’s daughters, sisters and wives.