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AFP: Economy Causing Less Prostitution

From a deeply concerned Agence France-Presse:

Germany: no sex please we’re in recession

by Josie Cox – Sun Mar 22

BERLIN, (AFP) – Times are difficult down at Berlin’s Pussy Club where a new all-in service is on offer: 70 euros for girls, drinks and food.

Like many of its counterparts, the brothel has been hit by the credit crunch and has had to come up with its own stimulus package for a trade that was legalised in Germany seven years ago.

The Belle Escort, another Berlin brothel, has never before faced problems, but the current financial crisis has triggered a sharp decline in clientele, said its owner Isabelle, without giving her surname.

Isabelle rejected the idea of "special deal prostitution" as offered by the Pussy Club but admitted: "We’re in trouble.

"I’d estimate that we have at least 20 percent less people coming here," she sighed.

Monika Heitmann works for a support network for prostitutes in Bremen and can only confirm the problems the industry is facing.

"If customers can’t even afford to spend money on housing, food and cars, then how can we expect them to spend money on sex?" she asked.

Heitmann has worked with prostitutes for over 20 years and says that business has been going downhill over that time.

"Thirty years ago prostitutes were really dedicated to their work," she said, adding that desperation was now forcing women into the sex trade.

At the beginning of this year, the owner of Frankfurt’s oldest brothel, the FKK Sudfass, was forced to sell up after 37 years.

The building will be converted into a hotel over the next year

Some places have been forced to shut their doors and in January, sex-shop owners and porn producers pushed for state aid, taking their lead from the crisis-hit auto and banking industries.

Erotic trade federation official Uwe Kaltenberg, said that "economic aid would be judicious."

Heitmann is now afraid that waning turnover could damage the industry’s reputation even more and that back-street prostitution could escalate…

"The only thing we can do now is keep our fingers crossed and hope for better times," [Isabelle] said, "and obviously I wouldn’t say no to a state-funded cash injection."

Gosh, this recession is no fun anymore.

"Thirty years ago prostitutes were really dedicated to their work," she said…

Sigh.

Apparently, even in Germany the Protestant work ethic is slipping away.

At the beginning of this year, the owner of Frankfurt’s oldest brothel, the FKK Sudfass, was forced to sell up after 37 years.

The building will be converted into a hotel over the next year.

Yet more heartbreak.

Still, it is no wonder that these prostitutes and their procurers are hoping for a bailout.

We are bailing out bankers and other far more disreputable types.

Fair is fair.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “AFP: Economy Causing Less Prostitution”

  1. bobbys says:

    70 euros????.

    Its 4 or 5 grand here.

    I tell ya the dollar IS losing value!!!!

  2. proreason says:

    If this happens in the U.S., The Moron’s female base is going to be devastated, and ACORN will be flooded with male volunteers to shakedown the rest of the population.

  3. GL0120 says:

    TCO is screwing the country and by extension the world so well that competition is not needed!

  4. Grzegorz says:

    Well, my rates are cheaper: “Crazy Grzegorz: His Prices Are Insane!”. Besides, I always wanted to be a man-whore. Just don’t tell my mom. Oh, and my wife.

  5. Confucius says:

    Somebody tell these girls to read Sweetness & Light. If they did, they would know to come over here and be pole dancers!

    Oi.

  6. Weasel says:

    “Gosh, this recession is no fun anymore.”

    You’re telling me! First this international prostitution “crisis” (isn’t everything a crisis now?) and just today, the donut shop down the street went out of business! What is the world coming too???

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    That Obama is a one man wrecking ball. He’s not happy screwing our economy….now he’s after the worlds’ oldest profession!! And he has set his sights globally!
    He is a MEGA-MANIAC when he puts the screws to something, so watch out all you Pimp Daddies out there with yo string of Ho’s tryin’ to shake a buck.

    Whats a working girl gonna do?

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    If you’re not getting screwed by ladies of the world’s oldest profession, then you’re getting screwed over royally by the politicians on capitol hill. The big difference being that in the long run you’ll be paying more when the politicians give you the business.


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