He lived on the street and took showers either at the station or in the homes of his first clients."When you are a 16-year-old hooker you enjoy a really good standard of living, but by the time you are over 20, if you do drugs, you have absolutely no chance.What's more, one must be sufficiently prepared for the interview.

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It was not the easiest thing to schedule an interview with Lázslo, who runs the association.

Last March he won the Křesadlo 2010 prize for his many years of activity on behalf of youth.

What do male prostitutes in the Czech Republic - be they Czech or Romani - have in common? The days when young male prostitutes used to stand around the station and make good money offering sexual services to well-heeled men are said to be long over.

Have they always been able to make their own choices in life? "There are boys here who'll service an undiscriminating customer for just CZK 200. That's why I often travel to Hamburg, the prices there are at a completely different level, something like around EUR 200 per day," Honza says.

The vast majority of them take drugs themselves or sell them, just like Honza. I stayed living with my Dad after that, but he's no longer alive now.

He got killed in a car when I was 16," Honza begins."The most famous one in Prague is Pinocchio, they just changed the name to Tempel.It's not far from here," Honza points out, exhaling smoke from what must be his sixth cigarette.The "hourly rooms" for gentlemen who want to enjoy themselves with young boys in Prague are also infamous.Those running gay enterprises bet on that; the rooms are always immediately adjacent to the clubs.Some are college students, others are drug-addicted, others are abandoned boys without parents from the children's homes and juvenile "diagnostic centers".