German prostitutes protest for right to work during crisis

Germanies prostitutes are demanding the right to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Brothel operators and prostitutes right to pursue “Legal Sex Work” is currently prohibited still despite restrictions having being lifted on restaurants, shops and other businesses.

A demonstration in the red light district in Hamburg late Saturday evening demanded a lifting of the sex ban in place during the crisis.

400 prostitutes and brother owners lined the Herbertstrasse stating “it is unfair for them to be deprived of their livelihoods despite their work allegedly posing no greater health risk.”  “One woman in a brothel window held a sign that read, “The oldest profession needs your help.”

Brothels in neighboring countries have reopened

Johanna Weber said “The protest was organized by the Association of Sex Workers, and the continued closure of licensed premises has forced some prostitutes onto the streets, an illegal way of working that is more dangerous and unhygienic. The fact that young people are politically involved in this matter is great and it shows the explosive nature of the situation. In Switzerland, prostitution has been permitted again for four weeks now and there have been no corona cases in connection with brothel visits there since then. Prostitution does not carry a greater risk of infection than other close-to-body services, like massages, cosmetics or even dancing or contact sports. Hygiene is part of the business in prostitution

 


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