Costs of Spain’s Collapse

London’s Daily Mail reported in March that Spain may have as many as 2,900 recently abandoned “villages” (areas of land with clusters of houses) deserted by owners forced into cities to find work in the current recession — and that speculators were buying entire villages at single-house prices and turning them into vacation retreats. And a formal association of sex workers in Barcelona has begun a four-hour “introduction to prostitution” class for women transitioning from other occupations due to layoffs. Course topics include tax-return help (prostitution is not illegal in Spain) and marketing, as well as sex tricks.