• Germany's news in English

'I come to Germany for prostitutes - it's like Aldi'

The Local · 14 Jun 2013, 15:46

Published: 14 Jun 2013 15:46 GMT+02:00

“I've been to brothels in all of Germany's big cities. It's definitely addictive,” the 39-year-old Floridian said.

Over the past 11 years, he has made three trips a year to Germany for its brothels. Most recently he spent a week in Frankfurt, where he spent €400 on having sex with 12 women. “This was two a day,” he said.

Andrew's interest in Germany did not initially involve paying for sex. "I was fascinated by Germany initially because of the cars," he said.

"Then I got into reading about the Second World War and really got into learning about the country.”

'I saw a prostitute and thought this is the place for me'

He had a moment of revelation in 2000 when he was in Germany with some friends on holiday.

"I saw a prostitute standing on the street and my friends explained that it was common here. It was then that I thought 'oh my God, this is the place for me.'”

So two years later Andrew returned, alone, to Heidelberg. “It's such a cute Germany city. And it's close to Frankfurt, where I knew there were lots of prostitutes,” he said.

After sightseeing during the day, it was time to take the plunge. “I just got in a taxi and asked the driver to take me to a brothel. He did and was very helpful.”

It was in this Frankfurt brothel that the then 26-year-old first had sex with a prostitute. He was hooked.

“Most of my friends don't know that at night I'm going crazy having a great time.”

'There is no risk and it's cheap'

The legality of prostitution in Germany is one of the main draws for Andrew. Law changes in 2002 made Germany one of the most liberal countries in the world regarding commercial sex.

“There's a risk of being arrested in the US, but not here,” he said. “And it's cheaper. Germany is like Aldi for prostitutes.”

Twenty minutes with a woman in Frankfurt costs as little as €20, he said. “This is more than enough time,” he admitted.

There's no sticking around for a chat afterwards he said, as the women are normally keen to get punters out “as soon as they finish.”

Before the sex though, he said he did try to make conversation: “I ask them where they're from and treat them nice” although he has never talked with a prostitute for more than ten minutes.

'Women have become objects for me'

Yet he admitted his use of prostitutes had ruined his view of women in general. “I no longer see women for what they are," he said. "I've slept with so many that they're objects to me.”

He was, he said, past the point of no return. It was too late for him to see women as sentient beings. “I sometimes sleep with the same girls three or four times, but then it gets boring," he said. He's never fallen in love with anyone, he admitted.

He said he was shy and insecure, and found it difficult to meet women, saying that paying a prostitute for sex was simply easier than trying to form a relationship.

“Dating women is expensive, they spend all your money," he suggested."Plus where I live there just aren't many nice women."

But he said sex was better when it did not involve a financial transaction. "There are fewer limitations," he said.

"But when you do pay, it's right there, it's at arms reach.” And Germany is his favourite place to do this: “Everything's so neat and ordered and the girls are clean.”

The few colleagues who he tells about his jaunts agree: “They're happy that I'm going somewhere safe, and not to Thailand or the Philippines.”

'I look for German women, not Romanians'

And he said he thought the women he paid for sex seemed happy. “It's a job; women do it to provide for their families.” Whether they could live off taking clients for €20, he did not know.

The recent documentary which exposed unsanitary working conditions where Eastern European women were being forced to sell sex was not something Andrew recognised from his experiences.

But he said, “Romanian girls aren't my thing. They have terrible teeth and just don't look as good.”

He said he preferred the idea of having sex with German women - but that he hardly ever encountered them in brothels - they were mostly picking up customers on the street - something he found particularly stimulating.

“I like this the best, it's exciting and you can take them back to your hotel room," he said.

The larger German brothels presented a physical challenge of a different kind, he admitted. “Some of these brothels are huge and often over lots of floors, so by the time you've climbed to the third or fourth you're out of breath,” he said.

But then again the variety of women – who linger, lingerie-clad, at their bedroom doors – was a plus.

Story continues below…

'Sure, I'm lonely'

“If I'm paying for it, I want top quality,” he said, adding that a brothel in Frankfurt was his favourite, with women who he rated as at least ten out of ten.

“The girls there are 10s, 11s, 12s, really beautiful. They're young, fresh, and full of energy. Most can't be older than 24.”

When asked, Andrew said he would rate himself around five out of ten in comparison, and admitted he was often unhappy being alone.

“I can't see myself getting married or having children and sure, I'm lonely," he said. So he will keep coming back to Germany to pay for sex, yet he said with a house in Florida and a steady government job, he would not be leaving the US.

“German winters are far too cold for me," he added.

Jessica Ware



The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
The Local List
5 ways German schools trump the US and UK
Students in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

5 ways German schools trump the US and UK

13 minutes ago

A new report reveals how Germany's education system stacks up against the United States and the UK - with good news for kids in the Federal Republic.

Woman sleeps with scorpion for 3 months
Photo: Polizei Herford

Woman sleeps with scorpion for 3 months

1 hour ago

A woman in western Germany was horrified on Sunday after finding a scorpion in her bed that had stowed away during her sunshine holiday this summer.

North Germans are the happiest, survey finds
Schleswig-Holstein is official Germany's happiest state, according to this year's poll. Photo: DPA

North Germans are the happiest, survey finds

2 hours ago

Want to find your happy place in Germany? You might want to move to Schleswig-Holstein, according to the latest "Happiness Atlas" produced by Deutsche Post.

German Mali troops to free France for Isis fight
The Bundeswehr on operation in Mali. Photo: DPA

German Mali troops to free France for Isis fight

5 hours ago

Germany will send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday, to provide some relief to France in its global fight against Isis jihadists.

German teacher fined for painting over swastikas
Swastikas are often daubed on mosques and Jewish grave stones, among other things. File photo: DPA

German teacher fined for painting over swastikas

6 hours ago

A teacher from central Germany has been ordered to pay a €1,000 fine after he painted over swastikas which had been sprayed on public property.

Refugee crisis
Merkel tries to hit tough-but-fair note on refugees
Angela Merkel addressing the Bundestag on Wednesday morning. Photo: DPA

Merkel tries to hit tough-but-fair note on refugees

6 hours ago

Angela Merkel continued her balancing act between her party and her principles in a speech to MPs on Wednesday as she attempted to reassure parliament that she had the refugee crisis under control.

Lufthansa air crews call off strike
Lufthansa. Photo: DPA

Lufthansa air crews call off strike

7 hours ago

Air crew union UFO announced on Wednesday that it has decided to call off a planned strike against Lufthansa, after the airline made significant concessions.

Refugee crisis
German asylum law is 'magnet for refugees'
Günter Oettinger. Photo: DPA

German asylum law is 'magnet for refugees'

8 hours ago

Germany's asylum law is responsible for luring so many refugees to Europe and needs changing, said the country’s EU commissioner Günther Oettinger on Wednesday.

Peruvian farmer sues German energy giant
An RWE brown coal mine. Photo: DPA

Peruvian farmer sues German energy giant

9 hours ago

A Peruvian farmer has filed a landmark lawsuit against German energy giant RWE, saying that the company's fossil fuel emissions endanger his family, livelihood and hometown, a German NGO said Tuesday.

Bishop buys €300k altar as refugee home rots
Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Augsburg. Photo: DPA

Bishop buys €300k altar as refugee home rots

1 day ago

The Bishop of Augsburg has announced plans to build a €300,000 altar in the city cathedral, just days after complaining that the city was underfunding refugees.

Sponsored Article
How to figure out healthcare abroad
German ISS astronaut tells kids to follow their dreams
Sponsored Article
Why family companies need free trade and TTIP
90 percent of Germans want tougher security
Sponsored Article
'Innovative companies like Hövding benefit most from TTIP'
Are you living in Germany's most expensive city?
Sponsored Article
The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Should singer accused of homophobia represent Germany at Eurovision?
70 years since the Nuremberg Trials
The German connection in the Paris attacks
Snow expected on 'first weekend of winter'
10 years of Angela Merkel in Berlin
Could soldiers soon be patrolling German streets?
Second German Paris victim was teacher and journalist
'We can't beat Isis with military means'
How will Germany help France fight Isis?
One German confirmed dead in Paris attacks
'Don't take Paris out on refugees': German defence minister
Germany's minute of silence for Paris victims
Nightclub bans refugees for harassing women
OPINION: Refugees must learn to respect German values
The ancient German community at the heart of Texas
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd