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Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | 01/12/2013

Fight prostitution across borders

The grand coalition in Germany wants to do more to combat forced and poverty-related prostitution. Germany is indeed a popular destination for sex tourism and this should change, the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung writes: "French punters like to come to Germany. It's not far - and thanks to its prostitution laws and EU enlargement, it's a paradise for sex tourists. ... And that doesn't 'just' concern the big brothels of the kind that now exist in every big city. A growing number of women are also working the streets. For the most part they come from Eastern Europe. And let's face it, practically no one stands on the roadside because that's their idea of a good time. Now things will only get worse in Saarbrücken [where a big brothel is under construction] and elsewhere. Because France is on the verge of passing a new prostitution law: the National Assembly passed the main parts of the law on Saturday. In future punters are to be penalised. ... As long as they are not subjected to equally harsh measures here, Germany will remain a paradise for punters and pimps."

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