The eco­nomics of sex

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Sex work­ers in the Rus­sian Arc­tic port of Mur­mansk have un­ex­pect­edly hiked prices by up to 40%, blam­ing the tum­bling rou­ble ex­change rate.

They also want to peg the cost of ser­vices to the dollar in the longer term if the sit­u­a­tion doesn’t im­prove, re­ports the BBC. Rus­sian so­cial me­dia com­men­ta­tors are hav­ing a field day over the news, with some get­ting in digs at the au­thor­i­ties. “Putin - learn about the econ­omy from the Mur­mansk pros­ti­tutes,” tweeted An­drei Ne­go­tov.

The man­age­ment of one brothel told the FlashNord news agency that it was “try­ing to keep prices down, but the cost of living is ris­ing and the girls can’t work at a loss”. The rou­ble has lost more than 40% of its value against the dollar and 60% against the euro since the start of the year.

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