It's 8AM on a Saturday. Rafaela is 52 years old, smoking a cigarillo and talking to me about how she believes in true love. Metres away, two rats are rustling around in a car park. Over the last night and day I've spent around her, Rafaela has only had sex with one man, but says that, on a good night, it can be eight or even more.
A Visit to One of Germany's All-You-Can-Fuck Brothels
24 Hours in Berlin's Red Light District - VICE
The King George is Germany's first flat-rate brothel. It's the sex industry's answer to the global recession. In Berlin there are about half a dozen of them. The brothels themselves prefer calling it "all-inclusive" rather than flat-rate. As owner Sascha Erben says, "This is sex after all; it's not text messaging or long-distance calls. Alina works the door.
Red Light District!! - Berlin Forum
Artemis is one of the largest brothels in Germany, where prostitution and brothels are legal and widespread. The 'wellness' brothel opened in Berlin in September , a four-story building complete with a pool , three saunas , two cinemas, and with room for up to 70 prostitutes and customers. Some newspaper articles have pointed out that the brothel's name is somewhat blasphemous, as Artemis was a goddess in Greek mythology who pledged to remain a chaste virgin.
Sex work in Germany saw a dramatic increase after its legalization in It was passed by the former coalition government of the Social Democratic Party SPD and the Greens in an effort to strengthen the rights of sex workers and give them access to health insurance and benefits. Since then, the sex trade industry has become more common in major German cities including Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Hamburg. Here, notorious red light districts and brothels — like the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, an entertainment district — with a strong focus on the sex trade industry, are becoming a part of daily life.