The pandemic has brought a lot of troubles in the sex industry, considering that the brothels were shut down and people were unable to leave their houses. Even though illegal prostitution was an issue even before corona, during this time it has reached its height.
Kim Volk-Halat who runs the legal prostitution brothel expresses her frustration with this situation and blames the police for not taking measures against it.
She states that even though brothels were able to work from the summer period, illegal prostitution left the mark on her business. In 2017, nine violations were registered in the Allgäu, in 2020 there were 34, and last year 71.
Kim says that they have been providing police with the information about illegal activity, and doing their job which they weren’t in the mood for. And she is angry because of it.
Legal sex workers must undergo numerous health screenings, illegal workers don’t
In order to obtain a license and protect themselves and others from sexually transmitted illnesses, legal sex workers must undergo numerous health screenings. When it comes to women who labor illegally, they often refuse to be tested, putting their own and their customers’ health at risk. This fact is concerning because the number of cases of these diseases and infections is increasing every day.
The police, however, deny the accusation and say they take this matter seriously. They say in order to prosecute the illegal sex workers, they have to catch them on the act which they rarely do. Police also state that they focus on the security and health risks of sex workers. If they are doing a good job, the time will tell.
Previously we wrote
The golden days are over, according to a former brothel owner in Switzerland. Read her story here: An increase in rent prices lead to Sex Workers Dissatisfaction
A lot of women are involved in illegal prostitution in Germany, because of ban during the pandemic. Read more here: The pandemic has seen a rapid increase in the number of people involved in illegal prostitution
Swabia also faces illegal prostitution problems, because the sex worker lost their legal jobs in brothels. Read the whole story here: Swabia faces illegal prostitution problems because of the coronavirus pandemic
Prostitutes in Thailand also has everyday money issues, since the pandemic started. We wrote about this topic here: Prostitutes in Thailand experience difficulties during Pandemic
The Switzerland police has just started a campaign against unlawful prostitution and human trafficking. You can already see their “Do you have eggs, customer” ads online on biggest portals there. Read the full story here: Swiss police continue their sex trafficking campaign
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