It's odd contributing about Turkey, but I read a section in the WSG concerning debt collection in that country. I spent some brief periods in Southern Turkey, near Adana. I visited a place similar to the one mentioned by the contributor who cited Mersin. I was in the US Air Force at the time, and made a visit with some crew-mates from our C-141, which stayed at the Incirlik Air Base outside Adana.
The place is called Genel Eva (spelling?) which I discovered was Turkish for General House. The landmark we were pointed to was a large clock on the side of a building, the only one in town.
There was one entrance to the area, and it was guarded by the Turkish military, and everyone got a pat-down. Physically, the place is like a very old village, with stone walls and narrow passages, with each woman having a window to allow you to see her. There was not much joy on those faces, since this was not a voluntary arrangement. According to local Turks, each of their families owed taxes. The family could pay the tax, or if that wasn't possible, the woman would work in the General House for a set length of time which was based on the amount owed. I was not able to determine if that length of time was adjusted for earnings there, but I doubt it. The prices were extremely low. In fact the 1976 translation of Turkish Lira to US dollars was about $1.45. That price was posted on the wall of the rooms the women were in.
The group of us, I think there were four, walked threough the entire place. No, none of us bothered getting our $1.45 worth.
There were a lot of old and middle aged women there. I recall only one younger woman, and she was very good looking. She was also the only one there I saw who had a phone, and she was using it at the time we were there. I don't know what her age, appearance, and the phone mean so far as her status there.
During the time we were there, there was some rumor that two young American teachers had been working at the General House, in an effort to reduce their prison sentence. Apparently, reducing prison sentences is another way a woman can go to the General House, and these two Americans had been convicted, I believe, of some drug offense. In Turkey, drug offenses are treated very harshly, and the two were at the General House on their own request. However, the rumor went on, the US State Department had expressed outrage at the arrangement. I believe the women were sent back to the US, but can't swear to it.
Another thing the Turks told us was that ordinary soldiers received nearly no pay. To be paid fairly well, you had to get into an elite part of the service. However, Turkish Army privates each got three tickets to the General House each month.
There is supposed to be a General House in every major Turkish city. It was said the one in Istanbul was far better than the one in Adana, because there were a lot of young foreigners there, mostly on drug charges. Many were supposedly stewardesses.
Istanbul also had legal prostitution, according to my sources. However, I never got there and cannot confirm that. Skoonj
Subject: [ASP] Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Adana etc ...) Date: Mon, 08 Dec 1997
This is to correct few points on prostitution in Turkey, appeared at The World Sex Guide (http://www.paranoia.com/faq/prostitution).
Prostitution in Turkey is LEGAL and prostitutes are obliged to perform their services in certain areas of the city. These areas are called "Genel Ev", which means "brothel" in Turkish. These areas usually locaded in city centers and surrounded with high walls to protect and control both patrons and ladies. Entrance to these areas are controlled by police. You won't be allowed in if you are drunk or if you do not have a valid ID stating you are over 18.
You can hardly find 10's or 9's there but there are some 7's and 8's. The fees are ranging from $20-$60 depending on the lady you choose and your bargaining power.
Prostitutes working in these establishments are regularly (weekly) checked by Public Health Authorities against any VD's.
THE TWO ENTRIES ON WSG ABOUT MERSIN AND ADANA, WRITTEN BY (PERHAPS) AMERICANS ARE COMPLETELY MISLEADING. THESE GENTLEMEN ARE STATING THAT PROSTITUTES ARE PUT THERE TO PAY THEIR TAX DEBTS. THIS IS NOT ONLY SILLY BUT QUITE FUNNY. THIS IS PERHAPS BECAUSE OF THEIR MISUNDERSTANDING OF TURKISH LANGUAGE (OR SOMEONE MADE FUN OUT OF THEM).
THE TRUTH IS THIS: MANY OF PROSTITUTES HAVE GROSS AMOUNT OF DEBTS AND THEY ARE FINANCIALLY TRAPPED BY BROTHEL OWNERS TO WORK FOR THEM. TAX DEPARTMENT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT :-)
However, there is also illegal prostitution in Turkish Cities. In Istanbul, the most popular place to find an illegal prostitute is Laleli District. Prostitutes in this area regularly visit pubs and sit there and wait for patrons (like Tijuana MX). These ladies are mostly Romanian and Russians. I recommend you to wear two condom at once because almost half of them are infected with VD's.
The third group of prostitutes are call-girls. Almost all of them are equipped with cellular phones. If you cannot find one by yourself receptionist in your hotel will be pleased to help you. But do not expect them to be cheap (approx $150-200 per night).
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