(Prostitution in Germany) Prostitution has been legal in Germany since 2002. Germany allows the prostitutes in their country to work as regular employees with contract. Though the vast majority work independently. Brothels are legal businesses that do not need a special brothel licence. If food and alcoholic drinks are offered, then brothels require standard restaurant licence.
Prostitutes have to pay income taxes and have to charge VAT for their services. Until 2002, prostitutes and brothels were not allowed to advertise their services, but that prohibition was not enforced. But, a ruling made on July 2006 stated that, advertising of sexual services is no longer illegal. Before the law and now still, many newspapers carry daily ads for brothels and for women working out of their homes. Many prostitutes and brothels also have websites on the Internet.
Foreign women from European Union countries are allowed to work as prostitutes in Germany. Pimping or admitting prostitutes under the age of eighteen to a brothel, and influencing persons under the age of twenty-one to take up or continue work in prostitution, are illegal. It is also illegal to contract sex services from any person younger than 18.
Recently, German politicians have made it illegal to have sex with prostitutes without using a condom, among other regulations. Brothel owners are obligated to draw customers’ attention to the law and advertising that unprotected sex is banned.
Effect of the new law regarding Prostitution in Germany
Prostitution in Germany has been legal since 2002 but marred by continuing human trafficking, exploitation, abuse and stigma. So, this new law aims to tighten regulation of prostitution in Germany.
It makes licensing mandatory for all brothels to ensure they comply with minimum standards of hygiene, health and safety.
But, the countries that have decriminalized or deregulated the sex trade, like Germany and the Netherlands have seen an explosive growth of brothels and an increase in sex trafficking. Decriminalising paid sex in Germany in 2002 created brothels that were not being monitored. This made sex trafficking easier. This has led to an increase in the number of crimes in these countries. It has also led to a phenomena of sex tourism in these countries.
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