Prostitutes in Hamburg protested on Saturday evening demanding that Germany’s brothels be reopen.
According to Reuter’s, brothels have been closed in months now to curb the spread of coronavirus.
After the easing of the lockdown that allowed shops, restaurants and bars all to open in the country, sex workers protested that they are being deprived of their livelihood.
The Association of Sex Workers in Germany have said the continued closure of licensed premises was forcing some sex workers who have legal approval to the streets, which is illegal and a far more dangerous and unhygienic way of working.
“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.
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.”