The western Greek city of Patras has reportedly become a haven for marriages of convenience in which women then have no contact with their “husband” and then are forced to work as prostitutes. It was said that the amount of money involved in the marriages is up to 5,000 euros.
The cases of women that are married or have children back in their countries are more expensive, as they don’t want involvement with other situations through which paying less will ensure marriage as well.
Women that have little money pay €2.000 in cash for the sham marriage but are obliged to offer erotic services to men that the circuit sends them, two or three times per week until the amount of €5.000 is fulfilled.
There are cases where the sham marriage are conducted free of charge but the woman is obliged to offer erotic services at any time to whoever is sent to her. The scheme is said to now extend to those in the military as well for men who want to be transferred or detached near Patras.