Some are college students, others are drug-addicted, others are abandoned boys without parents from the children's homes and juvenile "diagnostic centers".Some want nothing more from life than luxury and will do anything to get it, no matter how extreme. I am getting to know him at Prague's main train station, which is often called the biggest intersection for male prostitution in the country, but the fact that this description no longer really applies to it is clear to the dirty-blond native of Rakovník.Originally a professional textile artist, he has spent many years as a social worker and street worker with all sorts of children and young people who end up on the street without any help. You won't hear vulgar language here - each curse word costs you CZK 20.
He believes real money can only be made in the luxurious (or mid-level) gay clubs for which Prague is rather notorious.
When they are thrown out of the homes at 18 and go into the larger world, they leave their family behind.
They are used to eating five or six times a day, they've grown up in an institution, so understandably they have become institutionalized. One of László's social work clients now appears in the doorway, called Milly. Some people still think we pay for everything with gold bank cards, that we have a high standard of living," says Milly, who is wearing a light layer of make-up on his face and has gently plucked eyebrows.
Milly stopped working as a prostitute when he realized customers were getting used to paying a maximum of only CZK 200 for their satisfaction. Then there is the Romani man who, for understandable reasons, wants to remain anonymous. My sister and I spent a lot of time outside on the street with our friends.
Some were only willing to pay in bowls of soup - but even they were still the decent ones. You did your job and then they beat you until you bled and refused to pay you. When I was 11, I started smoking cigarettes from time to time, but neither my mother nor my grandmother knew.