A new Polish film about teenage "mall girls" trading sexual favors for designer brand clothes and phones has sent shock waves throughout the culturally-conservative Catholic country.
Marcin Drewniak, who counsels teenagers in Krakow, noted that malls had become the new community centers in Poland, providing teens with both refuge and temptation. “They can go to the mall and they don’t have to worry about bad weather or interfering adults,” he said. “They can try on clothes and perfume without having to spend any money. The mall has become a sort of fairy tale land. All this would have been unimaginable during Communism.”