The streets of Palma de Mallorca have been empty for weeks due to the corona lockdown. The women who pace up and down Placa Sant Antoni, lean against the walls and smoke or sit on folding chairs or chat in small groups, are all the more noticeable. They are waiting for male customers. And although this has become rare in the wake of the pandemic, the women are also there in rain and cool temperatures.
The media and aid organizations complain that the Corona crisis is bringing a lot of misery to the fore on the holiday island and producing misery prostitution. They are therefore often single mothers who went to work for the first time or after a long time because they lost their job as waitress or cleaning lady in the wake of the pandemic and are desperate. “For many, returning to or entering prostitution is the only way to provide for their families,” say Inmaculada Mas Nadal and Rafa Campos of Doctors of the World.