Sex dusseldorf

Bargain-hunters might try the “flat rate” brothels, where an entry fee of between 50-100 euros buys you unlimited sex with as many women as you want, or cruise the caravans at motorway truck stops, or the drive-through “sex boxes” in the street-walking zones.

(They look like stables and are known as “verrichtungsboxen” - “getting things done boxes”.) The Netherlands legalised prostitution two years before Germany, just after Sweden had gone the other way and made the purchase of sex a criminal offence.

Sex trafficking statistics are frustratingly incomplete, but a recent report estimated the number of victims in Europe at 270,000.

And Germany and the Netherlands have repeatedly ranked among the five worst blackspots.

Picture a Sultan’s palace crossed with a Premier Inn, then wedge it between anonymous office blocks on an endless industrial park and you’re there: Paradise. In Bangkok aged 19 I checked in to a place called Mango Inn with two school friends.

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Iceland has followed suit, and France and Ireland look set to do the same.

The Home Office insists Britain’s byzantine prostitution laws (in brief: you can buy and sell sex indoors under certain circumstances) are not up for review. Mary Honeyball, the Labour MEP, has been leading the charge to have the Swedish model adopted across Europe.

Her bill was voted through by the European Parliament on 26 February, formally establishing the EU’s position on the issue.

Nisha Lilia Diu visits some of them to find out who won and who lost aradise is a brothel in Stuttgart.

It’s one of Germany’s “mega-brothels” and, like a lot of those establishments, it has a Moroccan theme.

But that scuzzy little concern, with its scarlet-haired manager and beery tourist crowd, was seriously small fry compared to this.

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