Sex Work and Human Rights

Cities lose legal battles against prostitution businesses

Research Project Germany

1537 Braunschweiger Monogrammist BordellszeneBrothel scene (1537 Brunswick Monogrammist, Source: Gemäldegalerie Berlin)

While sex workers protestsagainst the planned adoption of a new prostitution lawclaiming to protect them, two legal cases highlight continued attempts of municipal governments to ignore existing prostitution legislation, more than ten years after its introduction.

An administrative court in Minden in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has issued a verdict against the use of prostitution-free zones, mirroring a decision in 2013by an administrative court in the state of Hesse, while an administrative court in Dachau in the state of Bavaria ruled against objections by the city’s public construction authority, which had attempted to bar two operators from running a fetish studio and a wellness centre, the latter of which will include five rooms where sex workers can offer sexual services.

As regional daily Neue Westfälischereports, various municipalities in Ostwestfalen-Lippe, a region in…

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