Hamburg sex workers demand to reopen Germany’s brothels
HAMBURG (GERMANY) – Prostitutes took to demonstrations in Hamburg’s red light district late on Saturday evening. They were demanding that Germany’s brothels be allowed to reopen after months of shutdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Shops, restaurants and bars are all allowed to open again in Germany. While prostitution is legal, sex workers add that they are being alienated, thereby denying them of their livelihoods despite not posing a greater health risk.
A notice hung up by one woman in a brothel window read, “The oldest profession needs your help,” in the Herbertstrasse, which was flooded with red light after being closed since March.
The Association of Sex Workers, which organised the protest, says the prolonged closure of licensed premises is driving some prostitutes into the streets, which is seen against the law and as a far more dangerous and unhygienic way of functioning.
It said pandemic safety measures could easily be enforced by brothels, adopted by other industries, including face masks, ventilating premises and recording visitors’ contact details.
“Prostitution does not carry a greater risk of infection than other close-to-body services, like massages, cosmetics or even dancing or contact sports,” the association said in a statement. “Hygiene is part of the business in prostitution.”
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