German prostitutes furious over sex work bans amid COVID-19

German prostitutes furious over sex work bans amid COVID-19


German prostitutes are mad as hell at being sidelined by COVID-19 — and they’re not going to take it anymore.

“Politicians treated us shabbily during the coronavirus times. They deliberately overlooked us. Nobody cares what’s going on with us prostitutes! But we are at least as ‘system-relevant’ as hairdressers,” Stephanie Klee, 58, founder of the Federal Association of Sex Services told Deutsche Welle.

“Many [prostitutes] didn’t know how they were going to fill their fridge the next day. They had no savings and had to borrow money.”

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German officials banned sex work in all German states on March 16. Brothels, red-light districts and “sauna clubs” were closed  — at least, officially.  Though the country is slowly rolling back the bans in certain states, prostitutes have taken matters into their own hands.

While many eastern European women working at Europe’s largest brothel, Pascha in Cologne, went home, other prostitutes adapted to the crisis by working underground and online — illegally,

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