It's 8 AM on a Saturday. Rafaela is 52 years old, smoking a cigarillo and talking to me about how she believes in true love. A few feet away, two rats are rustling around in a parking lot. Over the last night and day I've spent around her Rafaela has only had sex with one man, but says that, on a good night, it can be eight or even more. Sometimes it sounds like she's coughing.
Now You Can Hire a Prostitute Like You Hire an Uber
The King George is Germany's first flat-rate brothel. It's the sex industry's answer to the global recession. In Berlin there are about half a dozen of them. The brothels themselves prefer calling it "all-inclusive" rather than flat-rate. As owner Sascha Erben says, "This is sex after all; it's not text messaging or long-distance calls. Alina works the door. She's wearing this pink tube dress.
Twenty Four Hours in Berlin's Red-Light District
Over the past 11 years, he has made three trips a year to Germany for its brothels. Andrew's interest in Germany did not initially involve paying for sex. It was then that I thought 'oh my God, this is the place for me. So two years later Andrew returned, alone, to Heidelberg. After sightseeing during the day, it was time to take the plunge.
If a German app launched this month succeeds, smartphones could well be the next big marketplace for prostitution. Not unlike Uber for sex workers, the Berlin-based Peppr app uses GPS to connect potential clients with prostitutes in their immediate area. Prostitution is legal in Germany, and the app's declared intention is to save prostitutes from having to pound sidewalks for customers. She continued:.