It opened the way for them to obtain health insurance, previously refused if they listed their true profession.Annual revenues are about 14 billion euros ( billion), according to an estimate by the Verdi services union.
“Times are tough for us too,” said Karin Ahrens, who manages the “Yes, Sir” brothel in Hanover. Official figures do not distinguish between the sexes and the number of male prostitutes is not known, but they account for a small fraction of the total and are treated the same under the law.
She told Reuters revenue had dropped by 30 percent at her establishment while turnover had fallen by as much as 50 percent at other clubs. In 2002, new legislation allowed prostitutes to advertise and to enter into formal labor contracts.
”More and more women are moonlighting on the weekends,“ said Ahrens.
”They’re not able to get by with their main job and are in pretty dire straights.
“If the consumer electronics shop and the optician come out with rebates and special promotions, why shouldn’t we try the same thing?
” While she and her colleagues might have had five or six clients per day a year ago that had fallen to one or even none.Klee worries, however, that the crisis has led to “price dumping” in some cities -- fees have fallen as low as 30 euros in some parts of Berlin and elsewhere, she said.“You’ll find a lot of customers trying to negotiate prices down now,” said Klee.REUTERS/Christian Charisius Other novel ideas used by brothels and prostitutes include loyalty cards, group sex parties and rebates for golf players.Hamburg’s “Geiz Haus” is especially proud of its discount 38.50 euro price.Some brothels have cut prices or added free promotions while others have introduced all-inclusive flat-rate fees.