WEIGHT: 46 kg
Sex services: Sex vaginal, Sex lesbian, Cunnilingus, Extreme, Massage classic
Campaigners from the Lombardy Anti-Trafficking Association say that, beginning in May, thousands of escorts will converge on Europe's capital of design, football and fashion for the six-month event that is expected to attract over 20 million visitors from Italy and around the world.
Appropriately, given Expo's global aspirations - countries are taking part - the prostitutes will hail from a wide variety of countries including Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Nigeria and Morocco, according to the association formed by Milan Council and local charities.
The ability of a major international event to attract prostitutes was demonstrated by last summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, when it was reported that hundreds or thousands of Latin American sex workers, mostly Brazilian transsexuals, left Italian cities to return home for the duration of the tournament. Milan's city councillor with responsibility for welfare, Pierfrancesco Majorino, has added his voice to concerns that there will be a huge increase in the 7 or so sex workers who already walk the city's streets.
We have to concentrate on prevention, harm reduction and helping victims [of the sex trade]. Mr Majorino's spokeswoman, Gabriella Polifroni, told The Independent there were fears that many of the prostitutes would be under-age or have been coerced into the sex trade. It quotes former call girl Sandra, 38 from Recife in Brazil, as predicting that some people will prostitute themselves during Expo to finance studies, or simply their trip abroad.
The news comes as Rome's mayor Ignazio Marino hopes to trial an official red-light area in the south of Rome, to see if prostitution can be concentrated in one largely non-residential part of the Eternal City. Deputy Finance Minister announces freeze of public-sector wages to rein in state spending.