Germany
Prostitution

Prostitution policy: Legalised
Prostituted persons: 400.000

Prostitution in Germany is legal, as are all aspects of the sex industry, including brothels, advertisement, and job offers through HR companies. Full service sex work is widespread and regulated by the German government, which levies taxes on it. In 2002, the government changed the law in an effort to improve the legal situation of sex workers. However, the social stigmatization of sex work persists and many workers continue to lead a double life. Human rights organizations consider the resulting common exploitation of women from Eastern and Southeastern Europe to be the main problem associated with the profession.

Prostitution kennt keine Grenzen

Bordellbesitzer und Prostituierte beurteilen nicht nur das neue Prostituiertenschutzgesetz in Deutschland, sondern auch den Sextourismus aus dem Ausland unterschiedlich.
Die rot-grüne Bundesregierung meinte es bestimmt gut, als sie um die Jahrtausendwende das Prostitutionsgesetz einführte und die Sexarbeit damit salonfähig machte: Prostitution sollte als Beruf anerkannt werden. Doch vieles hat sich zum Schlechten gewandelt: Das Land wurde rasch zum «Bordell Europas», ja zum «Bordell der Welt». Die Zahl von Prostituierten wird heute in Medienberichten auf mindestens 400 000 geschätzt, 80 Prozent kommen aus dem Ausland, die meisten von ihnen aus Rumänien. Rund 1 Million Freier sollen laut dem statistischen Bundesamt täglich ihre sexuellen Dienstleistungen in Anspruch nehmen, mehr als in jedem anderen europäischen Land. Auch wurde Deutschland durch die steigende Nachfrage zur Drehscheibe von Menschenhandel.
> nzz.ch/schweiz/prostitution-kennt-keine-grenzen-ld.1435257

Prostitution is Violence against Women!
Speech held by Dr. Ingeborg Kraus on 25th November 2016 in Strasbourg / France.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women the Préfet of the Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine region, the head of the regional health authority in co-operation with the organizations called centre d´information des droits des femmes et des familles (CIDFF), Mouvement du Nid France and Pénélope 67 have invited to a cross-border symposion related on the subject of “Prostitution and Health: Challenges and Change of Perspective in Europe”.
> trauma-and-prostitution.eu/prostitution-is-violence-against-women/

Legalized Prostitution in Germany looks like a living Nightmare (PHOTOS)
When German anti-prostitution advocates talk about the situation of prostitution in Germany, we hear the same responses, over and over: “You’ve got to be kidding!” or “How is this possible?” When we do presentations in other countries, people in the audience will often start to cry or ask for a break after 15 minutes to get some fresh air. The same presentations in Germany cause outrage as well, but we’ve noticed that people have become so accustomed to the situation, their emotional response is subdued. In fact, German men will often openly and proudly out themselves as sex buyers at abolitionist events. There is no shame in being a commercial sex buyer in Germany. This is an obvious and alarming sign that decades of legalized prostitution have shaped society.
> fightthenewdrug.org/germany

Never Again! Surviving Liberalized Prostitution in Germany
This article, co-authored by a six-year survivor of the sex trade industry in Germany (Sandra Norak) and a psychologist and trauma therapist (Ingeborg Kraus), provides perspectives on the difficulty of withstanding the coercion of traffickers and the difficulties of exiting prostitution in a country in which prostitution has been legalized, normalized and made “a job like any other.” This normalization persuades survivors to believe their traffickers that it is a legitimate occupation and encourages them to endure the violence. Liberalization also has prevented the development of needed trauma services to those seeking to exit the sex trade industry.
> digitalcommons.uri.edu/dignity/vol3/iss3/5