Around 400 prostitutes and brothel operators from around Germany demonstrated in the red light district of Hamburg late Saturday evening to demand that Germany’s brothels be allowed to reopen after months of closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. In Germany, where prostitution is legal, shops, restaurants and bars have all been allowed to reopen following months of closures. Sex workers say it is unfair for them to be deprived of their livelihoods despite their work allegedly posing no greater health risk. Herbertstrasse, a street in the red light district, was flooded with red light on Saturday, after being dark since March, when coronavirus restrictions went into effect. Read more: Coronavirus: A devil’s bargain for Dutch sex workers One woman in a brothel window held a sign that read, “The oldest profession needs your help.” Another sign said, “Sex work cannot be allowed to fall into illegality through corona.” A woman plays a violin the window of a brothel in Hamburg. A poster reads, ‘A brothel room is not mass event’ Some protesters wore theater masks. Another played songs on a violin in the street just around the corner from the Reeperbahn, a street famous for its nightlife. Brothels reopen in neighboring countries The… Read full this story
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