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Sex workers protest closure of brothels in Germany

by OtownGist

Dozens of sex workers have held a demonstration in Berlin, demanding that brothels be allowed to reopen.

Wearing face masks and holding sex dolls, the group protested outside Germany’s Bundesrat, or Federal Council.

“Sex workers deserve respect, regardless of whether you like their job or not,” read one sign, while another warned the industry could be forced to operate illegally if restrictions continued.

While most of Germany’s lockdown measures have been lifted, prostitution – which was legalised in 2002 – has been halted since March over fears it could allow the virus to spread.

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But a number of neighbouring countries, including Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands, have already allowed brothels to begin operating again.

BBC

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