And for that reason they are attracted to Azerbaijan. In the bars they can freely drink and get to know girls,” says Parvana.
On the portion of Nizami street known in Baku as ‘Torgovaya’ [ed – “Trade street”], there are few options for entertainment.
For example, Azerbaijan as an alternative to Turkey.
And so, working only five days a week and meeting with one client a day, Parvana can earn 1260 dollars a month, a sum which is unbelievable for a job which does not require an education or special skills.
Once, Parvana and her friend beat up a tourist who refused to pay them. The daily rent for an apartment is about 60-70 manat or USD 35-40.
According to a realtor that wished to remain anonymous, renting a two-room apartment for one day next to the Nizami movie theatre on Bulbul prospect can cost 100 manat (USD 59).
She is sitting on a bench in front of the fountain on Parapet [ed – officially, Fountain Square]. Soon there will be many people here, and what’s more, most of them will be tourists and not locals. Sometimes, she says, she has Iranians too, in addition to Azerbaijanis. If they shake their head ‘no’, I delete the numbers and put in others.
I open the calculator application on my phone and enter some numbers.