Wednesday, June 11, 2014
German Brothels Thriving
the industry generates around $20 billion every year, with an estimated 1.5 million German men using the services of a sex worker every day. Prostitutes all work freelance — instead of being paid a salary, they rent rooms from brothel owners who sometimes still don’t question their health or see proof of insurance.
The city of Stuttgart is home to luxury brothel Paradise, where women were required to be completely naked at all times while men walked around in bath robes.
Michael Beretin, the marketing manager for the Paradise brothel chain, has made a fortune from the brothel boom.
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“There are no hard figures, but some government estimates say around 90 percent of women are forced into sex work or are trafficked,” he said.
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She referenced the study tagging 90 percent of the country’s sex workers as having been forced into prostitution, and she demanded the government get tougher on the industry.
“At the time it was thought that legalizing prostitution would improve the prostitutes’ situation,” she said. “But that totally failed. We now see that meaning well does not mean doing well.”
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