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German sex workers dealt a serious blow by COVID-19 pandemic

German sex workers dealt a serious blow by COVID-19 pandemic

BERLIN (AP) — The number of people registered as sex workers with German authorities declined sharply last year as coronavirus restrictions shut brothels for months, official data showed Thursday.

Legislation in 2002 legalized and regulated prostitution in Germany, giving sex workers social benefits, and they are now obliged to register. But brothels have been closed for much of the time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020 as part of wider lockdowns.

At the end of last year, 24,940 prostitutes were officially registered with authorities, the Federal Statistical Office said. That was down from some 40,400 a year earlier — a 38% drop.

One-fifth of the registered sex workers were German citizens. They were joined by 8,800 Romanians, 2,800 Bulgarians and 1,800 Hungarians, among others.

Sex workers protest outside the North Rhine-Westphalia state parliament to demand a reopening of brothels in the state during the coronavirus pandemic on August 27, 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Authorities in some other German states, including Berlin, Bavaria and Thuringia, have allowed brothels to resume business under specific hygiene guidelines.
Sex workers protest outside the North Rhine-Westphalia state parliament to demand a reopening of brothels in the state during the coronavirus pandemic in Dusseldorf, Germany. Authorities in some other German states, including Berlin, Bavaria and Thuringia, have allowed brothels to resume business under specific hygiene guidelines.
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It isn’t clear how accurate a picture the figures paint of the state of the business. Among other issues, registration processes were also disrupted by the pandemic and it has taken time to get reporting processes established over recent years.

By some past estimates, more than two-thirds of sex workers aren’t registered. The statistics office noted that it is unable to give information on unregistered sex workers and brothels.

Brothel workers protest against the lockdown of their business in Germany.
Brothel workers protest against the lockdown of their business in Germany.
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The number of officially sanctioned establishments offering sex services — the vast majority of them brothels or the like — stood at 2,290 at the end of last year, a 5% rise from the 2,170 registered a year earlier.

Aurel Johannes Marx sits on a bed in his three room brothel 'Lankwitzer 7' as he poses for photo after and interview with the Associated Press in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 13, 2020. Sex for sale has long been a staple part of the German capital's hedonistic nightlife, but amid concerns over the new coronavirus even the world's supposedly oldest profession is being hit by a sudden slump. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
Aurel Johannes Marx sits on a bed in his three room brothel ‘Lankwitzer 7’ in Berlin. Sex for sale has long been a staple part of the German capital’s hedonistic nightlife, but amid concerns over the new coronavirus even the world’s supposedly oldest profession is being hit by a sudden slump. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
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