Germany’s mega-brothel left me cold
“The “mega brothel” in tonight’s Channel 4 documentary of the same name isn’t that big, by German standards. Paradise is six stories high – half the size of Pascha in Cologne.
I visited both a few months agowhile investigating what 12 years of legalised prostitution had done to Germany’s sex industry. The answer? It had ballooned into a €15 billion a year business – three or four times its size before the law changed in 2002. I met people running escort apps, online virgin auctions and outdoor “sex boxes” where men queued up in their lunch breaks.
It’s not what Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s Social Democrat-Green coalition had in mind when they celebrated their liberal new law. They were hoping for employment contracts, health insurance, pension plans – not motorway stops crammed with grubby caravans whose red lights flash, all day, every day, at anyone stopping for a loo break.”
By Nisha Lilia Diu
10:00PM GMT 29 Jan 2015