Sina was only 16, and she allegedly served up to 30 customers a day. She was occasionally paid a few hundred euros. Marian, worried about police raids, eventually sent her back to Romania.
But she returned and continued to work as a prostitute. She hoped that a customer would fall in love with her and rescue her. Has Germany's prostitution law improved the situation of women like Sina? Five years after it was introduced, the Family Ministry evaluated what the new legislation had achieved. The report states that the objectives were "only partially achieved," and that deregulation had "not brought about any measurable actual improvement in the social coverage of prostitutes.
Finally, there was "no solid proof to date" that the law had reduced crime. Hardly a single court had heard a case involving a prostitute suing for her wages. Only 1 percent of the women surveyed said that they had signed an employment contract as a prostitute. The fact that the Ver. In a poll conducted by Ver. In fact, she said, the law was more advantageous for brothel operators than prostitutes. A brothel operator is not subject to any such restrictions. All he or she has to do is report to authorities when the brothel is opened.
Prostitutes still avoid registering with authorities. In Hamburg, with its famous Reeperbahn red-light district, only women are in compliance with regulations and have registered with the city's tax office.
The government wants prostitutes to pay taxes. Does it have to establish rules for the profession in return? The odd role the government assumes in the sex trade is in evidence among street hookers in Bonn. Every evening, prostitutes have to buy a tax ticket from a machine, valid until 6 a. As part of a social project, so-called "working stalls" -- essentially walled off parking spots for car sex -- are built into a space under a shed roof.
Although there are no signs plainly indicating that the facility is for prostitution, a speed limit of 10 kilometers per hour is posted for the fenced area, and drivers are required to move in a counter-clockwise direction.
On a cold spring evening, about 20 women are standing along the edge of the area. Some have brought along camping chairs while others are sitting in repurposed bus shelters. When a john has agreed on a price with one of the women, he takes her to one of the stalls. There are eight of the stalls under the shed roof, as well as a separate room for cyclists and pedestrians, with a concrete floor and a park bench.
There is an alarm button in each stall, and a Catholic women's social service group monitors the area every evening. Alia, a year-old in a blonde wig, has squeezed herself into a corsage and she is trying to cover up the alcohol on her breath with a mint.
Referring to herself and the other street prostitutes, Alia says: She began working as a prostitute because of "financial difficulties and love," she says, and soon marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and alcohol came into the mix.
She has been walking the streets for three years. But when the nearby city of Dortmund closed its streetwalking area, more women came to Cologne, says Alia. Oder haben Sie einen anderen Browser? Hier finden Sie mehr Informationen.
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When asked, Andrew said he would rate himself around five out of ten in comparison, and admitted he was often unhappy being alone. So he will keep coming back to Germany to pay for sex, yet he said with a house in Florida and a steady government job, he would not be leaving the US. Which is not to say it shouldn't be. Search Germany's news in English. What Germans really think about getting naked in the sauna He said he was shy and insecure, and found it difficult to meet women, saying that paying a prostitute for sex was simply easier than trying to form a relationship.
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