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Germany gears up for soccer 'n' sex

Country's sex market is bubbling with optimism, as it'll get lots of men at the right age, fired up by a soccer match.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 18:39 IST

The combination of nail-biting soccer matches and crowds of beer-swilling males could mean hefty profits for Germany's sex industry.

It is deploying an army of prostitutes to satisfy the needs of libidinous fans during the month-long 2006 World Cup.

Some 1 million foreign visitors are expected to flood into Germany from June 9 and many expect large numbers of male spectators to wind down after a match in the arms of a prostitute or in the red light districts of the 12 host cities.

Hamburg's St Pauli quarter, the country's largest and most famous red light district, is bubbling with optimism that it could be a bumper season for the legal sex industry.

But others have raised concerns that vulnerable women could be forced into prostitution to meet the expected demand.

"Football and prostitution are a great match," said Hans-Henning Schneidereit, owner of the St Pauli's Safari Cabaret, renowned for its sex shows.

"You get lots of men at the right biological age and all fired up by a football match. What else could you hope for?"

Schneidereit said he expected 30 per cent more customers during the tournament, adding that his forecast was conservative compared to those made by some of his rivals.

Police estimates tend to support his claim.

"Extrapolating from our experiences with big events like the Oktoberfest or trade fairs, it is fair to assume that a lot more ladies will hit the town during that time to cash in on the rising demand," said Gottfried Schlicht, police spokesman in the southern city of Munich, set to host six games.

More than 2,000 prostitutes work in greater Munich, Schlicht said, and he expected this number to rise by around a third when the "beautiful game" comes to the Bavarian city.

Fears of trafficking

Red light employers in Hamburg are already busy recruiting extra prostitutes and Berlin, which will host six of the 64 games, is also preparing to cash in.

Last autumn, a giant brothel decorated with tiger prints and red curtains opened in the city, close to the soccer stadium.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 17:53 IST