FEMEN have taken their anti-prostitution fight to Odessa. The girls started their day holding a topless press conference, much to the enjoyment of the male journalists I’m sure. Odessa has always been known as Ukraine’s comedy capital, so there were some high spirited discussions, and many insults thrown at the girls, but they were virtually unfazed.

Odessa is not only Ukraine’s comedy capital, but also Ukraine’s Drug Capital and Prostitution Capital, hence the new FEMEN Odessa branch is a strategic move. With respect to sex tourism, being from Odessa and living there many years, I can attest to the fact that there are extremely large numbers of foreign men in Odessa throughout the summer. While I can’t say that they are all sex tourists, I can point out that very often they come in groups and very rarely are women present in the group. I’m sure a small handful of them are coming for a bride, and I must stress ‘small’.

An interesting note from FEMEN’s blog, the Police of Odessa had specifically asked the girls to provide them a one of their famous FEMEN Coffee Mugs. Whats more, they wanted a video of the girls protests … guess the girls have a bit of a fan base in the Odessa Police Department. 

I know … less talk, more pictures … as always, taken from FEMEN’s Livejournal Site.


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