20 September 2014

The Telegraph: “Welcome to Paradise: inside the world of legalised prostitution”

Paradise is a brothel in Stuttgart. It’s one of Germany’s “mega-brothels” and, like a lot of those establishments, it has a Moroccan theme. Picture a Sultan’s palace crossed with a Premier Inn, then wedge it between anonymous office blocks on an endless industrial park and you’re there: Paradise.

Nisha Lilia Diu

From the department of ideas who look good in theory, but fail to live up to expectations: the legalization of prostitution in Germany has achieved little of the proposed goals. Stricter laws in the Nordic countries have had better success in fighting sex trafficking and abuse, while in Germany the former illegal system has thrived and diversified under the protection of lax laws.

Suzi, who is single, spent years working as a cleaner in hotels in Italy, Spain and Greece before becoming a prostitute. A friend who did it said it’s fast money. I cannot say easy money because it’s not easy. Anyone who thinks this is easy money is wrong. In what way is it difficult? You can find here all kinds of persons, difficult persons. She squirms. Some come with fantasies. She tells me about a man who likes to be defecated on and another that wants to be walked around the brothel on a leash, “like a doggy”. Some men just turn up, tell her something dreadful from their childhood and leave. She finds those ones exhausting. You know, you must be like a gum – malleable. Become whatever they need.

A corridor in Pascha, Cologne
A corridor in Pascha, Cologne, shows the high chairs on which prostitutes sit outside their doors, waiting for customers (Albrecht Fuchs)

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