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Commercial s3x workers in Germany have taken to the streets of Hamburg to protest the continued closure of brothels following the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
While other businesses like restaurants and bars are already open, the s3x workers say they are being singled out for no apparent reasons even when don’t pose a greater health risk thereby denying them of their source of sustenance.
Prostitution in Germany is legal.
“The oldest profession needs your help,” read a notice held up by one woman in a brothel window in the Herbertstrasse, which was flooded with red light after being dark since March.
The Association of Sex Workers, which organized the protest, says the continued closure of licensed premises is forcing some prostitutes onto the streets, which is illegal and a far more dangerous and unhygienic way of working.
It said brothels could easily incorporate pandemic safety measures adopted by other industries, including face masks, ventilating premises and recording visitors’ contact details.
“Prostitution does not carry a greater risk of infection than other close-to-body services, like massages, cosmetics or even dancing or contact sports,” the association said in a statement. “Hygiene is part of the business in prostitution.”
Some protesters wore theatrical masks while one played folk songs on a violin in the street just around the corner from the Reeperbahn, famous for its nightlife.
Even the oldest profession has been hit hard by this Covid19.