Why Germany Gets Sex Work ‘Right’

Sex work has been, and likely will continue to be, a cause for heated debate. Many are uncomfortable with the idea of someone exchanging sex for money, feeling that it is morally wrong. Other concerns include the issue of exploitation and individuals being forced into sex work against their will, which are serious problems and valid worries to have. On the other hand, you have people who are more open-minded about sex work and believe that legalizing it can help combat the issues listed above, creating a safe environment for those who choose sex work as a career. 

There is a lot of logic in this latter argument, and it’s also important to make sure that sex workers are respected and treated the same way as someone working in an office would be; they are just doing their job, after all. Clients of sex workers should also be made to feel more comfortable with using these services, rather than being stereotyped in the usual derogative roles that are often associated with sleaze. 

Some parts of the world are more forward-thinking, however, and have legalized sex work. Germany is a strong example of a country that is starting to become more open-minded with its laws regarding sex workers, and here are some ways that they have got it right.

General Attitude to Sex Work

Not everyone in Germany will be a fan of sex work, of course, but historically this country has had a more progressive attitude than others. Throughout the ages, sex workers were often invited to high-class events, and although perhaps morally frowned upon by many, it was generally seen as a necessary tool in society. While sex work has been through various restrictions for centuries, Germany passed a ground-breaking law in 2002 legalizing sex work. This allowed escorts and other sex workers access to health benefits and obtain regular contracts for their work, treating it just like any other job. 

However, there have been changes to this law since which sex workers feel are still restrictive and can be discriminatory, too. It’s also important to note that while sex work is technically legal in Germany, local authorities are in charge of their local jurisdiction and can prohibit this kind of activity in certain areas, hand out fines, and in some cases, can put people in jail. So, while this country might be more progressive than others, there is still some way to go. 

Official Marketing for Services

Another thing that Germany gets right when it comes to sex work is the way it can be marketed over there. Yes, this is likely helped by the legalization of it, but rather than clients needing to look on questionable websites and falling victims to potential scams or getting into legal trouble, they can find the kind of service they are looking for safely and with ease. Erobella is a great example of a platform where clients can find a variety of legitimate sex workers in different parts of the country and can contact them to make appointments. This kind of marketing helps to normalize sex work and move towards a more positive attitude to it.

There is still a lot that needs to be done to support sex workers all over the world, but some places are doing better than others at this, and Germany is one of them.

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