Stricter requirements for prostitution © Boris Roessler
Approval for the amendments to the Prostitution Protection Act passed by the Bundestag comes from Catholic women's associations. Now there is "better protection for women working in prostitution".
This was announced by the Catholic German Women's Association and the Social Service of Catholic Women in Cologne and Dortmund on Thursday. "It is important that the law now reaches prostitutes and that it is implemented in all areas without delay," demanded the president of the Catholic German Women's Federation (KDFB) Maria Flachsbarth.
Regulate the operation of prostitution establishments more strictly
In the opinion of the Social Service of Catholic Women (SkF), the protection of prostitutes is also closely related to the review of brothel operators and the obligation to obtain permits for all brothels. It was positive "that the legislature will regulate the operation of prostitution establishments more strictly in the future and prohibit a permit if there are indications that the exploitation of prostitutes is encouraged and sexual self-determination is massively impaired," explained SkF Federal Chairwoman Anke Klaus.
Legal prostitution gets tighter legal framework
The new law is intended to give legal prostitution in Germany a tighter legal framework. It requires prostitutes to register regularly and to go to health counseling. It also introduces a condom requirement for johns. In the future, they will be liable to prosecution if they go to forced prostitutes. Brothel operators must have a permit and meet requirements, as well as show an operating concept. Flat-rate offers and other business practices that violate prostitutes' self-determination to be banned.