Germany's best-known sex worker dies

14th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

In the 1990s, Niehoff retired from sex work to help vulnerable sex workers and became a regular on television chat shows.

Berlin -- Germany's best-known sex worker, Domenica Niehoff, who became a celebrity after campaigning for sex workers' rights in the 1960s and 1970s, died on Thursday at age 63, a hospital spokesman said.

Niehoff worked as a sex worker in both Munich and Hamburg. In Hamburg, she was based in the notorious Herbertstrasse in the St Pauli district, where women conduct their business in shop windows.

She had been in intensive care in a Hamburg hospital since last Friday and died on Thursday morning from a pulmonary illness, daily Die Welt said on its website, citing close friends.

In the 1990s, she retired from sex work to help vulnerable sex workers and became a regular on television chat shows.

"I made sure that prostitution was talked about more, that it was not swept under the carpet, that women feel confident enough to say 'I was in the scene, but now I want to get out,'" she told the paper last summer.

AFP/Expatica

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