‘Flat-rate sex’ offers in German brothels

 

Germany prostitution

Germany prostitution

The move is part of a clampdown on Germany’s booming prostitution industry that critics say has got out of hand since a 2002 law legalised sex .They view as exploitative the special offers in some brothels where men can have unlimited sex for 100 euros ($136). Despite the worsening conditions, women are flocking to Germany, the largest prostitution market in the European Union — a fact that even brothel owners confirm. Holger Rettig of the UEGD says that the influx of women from Romania and Bulgaria has increased dramatically since the two countries joined the EU. “This has led to a drop in prices,” says Rettig, who notes that the prostitution business is characterized by “a radical market economy rather than a social market economy.”Germany’s biggest political parties have now agreed to ban so-called flat-rate sex offered by some brothels in the country. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10488755/Germany-to-ban-flat-rate-sex-offers-in-brothels.html

In addition to so-called nudist or sauna clubs, where the male customers wear a towel while the women are naked, large brothels have also become established. They advertise their services at all-inclusive rates. According to the police, about 1,700 customers took advantage of the offer on the opening weekend. Buses arrived from far away and local newspapers reported that up to 700 men stood in line outside the brothel. Afterwards, customers wrote in Internet chat rooms about the supposedly unsatisfactory service, complaining that the women were no longer as fit for use after a few hours.When the Pussy Club opened near Stuttgart in 2009, the management advertised the club as follows: “Sex with all women as long as you want, as often as you want and the way you want. Sex. Anal sex. Oral sex without a condom. Three-ways. Group sex. Gang bangs.” The price: €70 during the day and €100 in the evening.

Anja Strieder, spokeswoman for the centre-left Social Democrats, confirmed a report Monday by Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that a ban was agreed during coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union bloc.

She said better protection for victims of enforced prostitution and stricter rules for brothel operators will also be included in a bill that could be introduced once the government is formally appointed.

The business has become tougher, says Nuremberg social worker Andrea Weppert, who has worked with prostitutes for more than 20 years, during which the total number of prostitutes has tripled. According to Weppert, more than half of the women have no permanent residence, but instead travel from place to place, so that they can earn more money by being new to a particular city.

Today “a high percentage of prostitutes don’t go home after work, but rather remain at their place of work around the clock,” a former prostitute using the pseudonym Doris Winter wrote in a contribution to the academic series “The Prostitution Law.” “The women usually live in the rooms where they work,” she added.

In Nuremberg, such rooms cost between €50 and €80 a day, says social worker Weppert, and the price can go up to €160 in brothels with a lot of customers. Working conditions for prostitutes have “worsened in recent years,” says Weppert. In Germany on the whole, she adds, “significantly more services are provided under riskier conditions and for less money than 10 years ago.”

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