Ready for a romp before World Cup
Businesses across Germany are anticipating a huge windfall with the arrival of an estimated 1 million fans for the World Cup here. The sex industry is no exception.Updated: Apr 25, 2006 13:22 IST
Businesses across Germany are anticipating a huge windfall with the arrival of an estimated 1 million fans for the World Cup here. The sex industry is no exception. Just down the street from Berlin's Olympic Stadium, which hosts the final, stands the city's largest brothel, Artemis — established in September with an eye on capitalising on the influx of World Cup visitors. The $8 million 4-storey, 40-bedroom bordello is decorated with liberal doses of faux animal prints and velvet on beds, walls and furniture, amid an eclectic mix of Greek and Roman statuary under Moorish arches.
Among amenities are saunas, a pool, and a solarium. There's also satellite television in case anyone bothers to watch the soccer matches being played at the stadium a few blocks away.
The establishment has been averaging 130 visitors a day, many from the nearby convention centre, and is planning to blitz the Olympic Stadium and Berlin hotels with leaflets during the World Cup.
Prostitution is legal in Germany, with about 400,000 people registered in the trade; the women who work in Artemis pay taxes and receive social benefits like people in any other job. At Artemis, men pay $85 to get in, which goes to the brothel, and then pay $70 directly to the women for their services for half-an-hour. The prostitutes pay a fee of $60 a day for the use of the place. However, the anticipated sex-trade boom has also raised fears of an increase in forced prostitution with an estimated 40,000 women from poorer Eastern European countries expected to be heading to Germany for the World Cup, some against their will.
First Published: Apr 25, 2006 13:22 IST