'World Cup brothel' planned for Berlin: report
28 July 2005, BERLIN - Private investors are building Germany's biggest brothel in Berlin which will open in time for the 2006 football World Cup, a media report said Thursday.
28 July 2005
BERLIN - Private investors are building Germany's biggest brothel in Berlin which will open in time for the 2006 football World Cup, a media report said Thursday.
With room for 100 prostitutes, a sauna and table-dance bar, the three-storey complex is a 25-minute walk from the Olympic Stadium which is hosting many World Cup football matches, said the Bild tabloid newspaper.
Admission to the 'Artemis' brothel will cost EUR 100 plus about EUR 50 for half an hour with a prostitute, said the paper.
Prostitution is legal in Germany as long it is not run by pimps. Registered prostitutes are subject to regular health checks by the authorities.
The German cities of Cologne and Dortmund also plan football World Cup facilities for prostitutes. Both cities say they will set up temporary containers in which prostitutes can offer their services.
Konrad Freiberg, the head of Germany's police trade union, welcomed the plans in all three cities. He said providing space for prostitutes was the best way to reduce organised crime which is more common in connection with street prostitutes or those making visits to hotels.
But Veit Hoffmann, a Protestant pastor in Berlin, said brothels were a sign that the "elementary force of sex was not being naturally integrated" into people's lives.
"We don't need a sex supermarket!" said Hoffmann.
Subject: German news