In the early 20th century, prostitution was considered «harmful to communities.»  Nevertheless, various brothels and red-light districts existed or emerged in the 20th century, such as Helenenstraße in Bremen (from 1878), Linienstraße in Dortmund (from 1904), Stahlstraße in Essen (from about 1900), Rampenloch in Minden (from 1908), Im Winkel in Bochum (from about 1912) and Flaßhofstraße in Oberhausen (from 1910 and 1963). An estimated 50,000 women worked in Berlin in 1900 (population on 1 December 1900: 1,888,848). Women lawyers worked in what are called «women`s shelters,» which literally means «women`s shelters.» These brothels were as clean as a brothel until the 16th century, when syphilis and the Reformation began to invade German homes, bodies and minds. No one really wanted to see brothels disappear, at least no male German wanted to give up their hobby, so in the 19th century they wanted to give up their hobby. In the nineteenth century, a little more control over these women`s shelters began. Local ladies then had to officially register with the police and undergo regular health checks. «If prostitution is a `choice`, then it is a choice systematically made by women who have no choice. Whether obtained by physical or socio-economic coercion, the sexual act performed in prostitution is always forced. This is the opposite of sexual freedom. The repetition of sexual acts without physical desire, but experienced as an exploitation of vulnerability, is in itself sexual violence,» said Jonathan Machler, Executive Director of CAP International.
Thus, the distancing contained in this bill is completely detached from the realities of prostitution and human trafficking in Belgium. This law is a betrayal of all precarious migrant and refugee women, including Ukrainian women, who are currently fleeing war and who will be all the more vulnerable to the grip of pimp networks if they are abandoned by the Belgian government. The Thuringian Corona Ordinance decided to keep all prostitution-related establishments closed until 31 August 2020. The hygiene concepts cited by brothel operators were all rejected. Due to the physical proximity associated with these services, it is impossible to effectively counter the dangers of infection.  Prior to the passage of the 2002 Prostitution Act, Germany`s highest courts repeatedly ruled that sex work was immoral (with several legal consequences). Any contract deemed immoral is null and void, so a sex worker cannot sue for payment. Sex workers working from home could lose their leases.
Finally, bars and hostels could be denied licenses if sex work took place on their premises. In Imperial Germany (1871-1918), attitudes towards sex work were ambivalent. While sex work was tolerated as a necessary function to ensure male sexuality outside of marriage, it was frowned upon as a threat to contemporary moral images of female sexuality. As a result, government policy focused on regulation, not abolition. This has happened mainly at the municipal level. The Penal Code of 1871 prohibited brothels and «commercial fornication». In the 1876 version, however, prostitution was punishable only if the woman worked outside police supervision.  State regulations at the time created an atmosphere that defined what was considered appropriate and what was considered appropriate female sexuality. The first city in Germany to introduce an explicit tax on prostitution was Cologne. The tax was initiated in early 2004 by the city council under the leadership of a coalition of CDU and the left-wing Greens. This tax applies to striptease, peep shows, pornographic cinemas, sex fairs, massage parlors and prostitution. In the case of prostitution, the tax is 150 euros per month and working prostitutes are to be paid by brothel owners or by prostitutes who work privately.
(The Geestemünder Straße area mentioned above is excluded.) The fight against prostitution was an explicitly stated objective of the tax. In 2006, the city collected 828,000 euros through this tax.  The neighboring city of Bonn levied a six-euro night sex work tax on street prostitutes on Immenburgstraße in vending machines identical to German parking meters. All other areas of the city are restricted areas (taboo for street prostitution). This concept has been the subject of a number of court challenges. In North Rhine-Westphalia, a court in Minden ruled against the restricted area, as did courts in Hesse and Bavaria.   The Court held that a blanket prohibition on prostitution violates a fundamental right to choose an occupation as enshrined in the Prostitution Act, 2002.